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The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 8:00AM on Monday, October 26, 2020 when the official 30-day comment period closes. There is a copy available to view at the MPO Offices. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the LRTP:

  1. Leave a comment at
  2. Leave a voice comment by calling 855-925-2801, meeting code: 9698
  3. Email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. View a copy or Mail your comments to:
    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  5. Comment at the October 26, 2020 MPO Board Meeting

The MPO encourages everyone to become involved.  Your contribution ensures robust public participation in the MPO transportation planning process. Thank you for your involvement in transportation planning.

Transform 2045

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?


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Schedule of the 2045 LRTP for three phases. Phase one, from November 2018 to June 2019, consists of three forums, Region on Jan. 28, 2019, Neighborhoods on Mar. 11, 2019 and Communities on April 22, 2019. Phase two, from July 2019 to June 2020 consists of four major tasks including choices in Fall 2019, Vision in Dec. 2019, Priorities in March 2020, and Financial Plan in April 2020. The third Phase, from July 2020 to December 2020, has two tasks including Documentation in Summer 2020 and Long Range Plan adoption in Fall 2020.


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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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