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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.

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Presentations, Programs, and More

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


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


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.


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


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