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Welcome to the homepage for the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP guides investment in the Sarasota/Manatee regional transportation system for the next 25 years.

The purpose of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years.

What is a Long Range Transportation Plan?

The LRTP presents the transportation improvements that are needed today and in the future to help move people and goods safely and conveniently about the community. Based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3-C) planning process, the MPO’s LRTP is governed by Federal law and regulations found in Title 23 United States Code (USC) Section 134, Title 49 USC Section 5303, and codified in Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 450.

Required planning elements include analysis of comprehensive plans for all partner jurisdictions, regional modeling, scenario development, revenue forecast, 25-year cost feasible budget, and extensive public outreach and community engagement.

Where are we now?

On October 26, 2020, the MPO Board unanimously adopted the Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. Thank you for your involvement in the transportation planning process. Below you can download the Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan.

MPO 2045 LRTP Board Presentation - September
MPO 2045 LRTP Board Presentation - October

Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (FULL - LARGE FILE)

Summary Report
Resumen del Plan

Chapter 1: Introduction

Data Report - Context and History
Comprehensive Plan Review

Chapter 2: Safety/Security

2019 Safety Assessment Report
2018 Security Assessment Report

Chapter 3: Infrastructure/Resiliency

2045 LRTP Background Research Report
Bridge and Pavement Condition Reports

FDOT Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Cost Feasible Plan

Chapter 4: Mobility/Reliability

Congestion Management Plan (2019)
2045 Existing + Committed Network
2045 Manatee Model Deficiency Plot
2045 Sarasota Model Deficiency Plot
Transit Alternatives
Travel Demand Model Memo

Chapter 5: Technology/Autonomy

Automation Summary Report (ITS/TSM&O Workshops)
ACES Planning Report - August 2020

Chapter 6: Economy/Tourism

Measuring Performance: Freight and Economic Development Report
Port Manatee Master Plan

Airport Master Plan Update Working Plan #1

Chapter 7: Environment/Conservation

2045 LRTP Environmental Mitigation Report
National Estuary Program Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans –
Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)
and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP)
Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition (TBRPC) Memorandum of Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition (TBRPC) Memorandum of Understanding

Chapter 8: Equity/Livability

Regional Accessibility Analysis
Limited English Proficiency Plan
Active Transportation Plan
MCAT Transit Development Plan
SCAT Transit Development Plan

Chapter 9: Projects/Delivery

Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis Study
Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Island Traffic Study
US 41 Multi Modal Emphasis Corridor Study

Chapter 10: Public Involvement

Public Participation Plan
2045 LRTP Public Involvement Summary
Survey Results Summary

Chapter 11: Scenario Planning

Scenario Planning and Vision Summary

Chapter 12: Cost Feasible Plan

Cost Feasible Plan 10-26-2020
Cost Feasible Plan Technical Report
2045 Revenue Forecast Sarasota/Manatee MPO
FDOT Revenue Forecasting Guidebook
SIS Cost Feasible Plan
CFP Project Fact Sheets
CFP Boxed Funds Fact Sheets


1-A LRTP Checklist
1-B Systems Performance Report
1-C LRTP Expectations 2018
1-D Matrix of Goals and Factors

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Tuesday Traffic Jam




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Presentations, Programs, and More

Long Range Transportation Plan Presentation

Needs List, Cost Feasible Plan, Revenue Forecast, Town Tours

Drive the Future: Community TransForum

February 24, 2020
A map of the future transportation network for the year 2070.

As Phase 2 of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) begins, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) unveiled the region’s transportation vision to elected officials and the general public. The vision, shaped by the local community, is a result of multiple surveys, meetings, and events and workshops reaching residents throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, from Palmetto to North Port. The long-term community vision serves as the foundation of the transportation network, igniting regional transformation.

Keynote Speakers: 
Chris Sinclair, Renaissance Planning
Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO


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Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop

October 21, 2019

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO, in partnership with FDOT, hosted the Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop. Participants explored how three themes, derived from community surveys and workshops, compared to the current trend, could play out over the next fifty years. Each scenario illustrated future types and locations of communities, which influence how people will travel in the future. Now, the public can help guide the community vision of the Sarasota/Manatee region by taking the Scenario Survey.

Keynote Speakers: 
Chris Sinclair, Renaissance Planning
Michael Gallen, Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Patty Hurd, Kittelson & Associates


Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Workshop

September 23, 2019

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO, in partnership with FDOT, hosted an Intelligent Transportation System Workshop related to the future of technology based operational improvements on the regional roadway network. The MPO and local stakeholders listened to experts from around the state who provided insight into successful joint operation systems. This will help guide the conversation as the Sarasota/Manatee region begins to discuss future governance as well as funding mechanisms for TSM&O improvements.

Keynote Speakers: 
Ben Walker, HNTB
Eric Hill, Metroplan Orlando
Mark Mathes, FDOT District 1
Tyrone Scorsone, Kittelson & Associates
Gena Torres, Hillsborough MPO
Jeff Sheffield, North Florida TPO


2045 LRTP TransForum

April 22, 2019

Elected officials, professionals, and citizens arrived to the 2045 Long Range Transportation TransForum eager to learn about the future of the Sarasota/Manatee region’s transportation system. Participants heard from the region’s municipalities and three keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers: 
Bob McQueen, Bob McQueen & Associates
Sean Sullivan, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Carolyn Griffin, United Way Suncoast


TransForum: Neighborhoods

March 11, 2019
People participating in the "Transforum: Neighborhoods" event.

Over 100 community members attended the TransForum: Neighborhoods | Bus, Bike, Walk at the Sarasota Bayfront Community Center and shared their insight on proposed walking, biking, and transit connections.

The outcome identified community priorities including bicycle and pedestrian safety education, building off road multi-use paths/trails, and widening sidewalks to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians (shared-use paths) in addition to adding bicycle lanes on roads. Improvements to reduce congestion, improvements to public transit, rebuilding roads and stormwater systems for flooding, storms, and sea-level rise, and using technology to improve signal timing and traffic management proved to be top priorities for the community as well.


SWFL 2045 TransForum

January 28, 2019

A crowd of over 130 people from 40 unique areas inside and outside of Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District 1 gathered at the Venice Community Center to participatein the Southwest Florida 2045 TransForum. Each guest had the opportunity to meet and engage Five Futurists who set the stage for long range transportation planning.

Keynote Speakers: 
Alice Ancona, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Wayne Gaither, Florida Department of Transportation
Mark Bontrager, Space Florida
Ben Walker, HNTB
Dave Sanford, Port Manatee


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