HRTPO Seeking Public Comments on 2 Draft Transportation Plans

February 8, 2016
HRTPO Seeking Public Comments on 2 Draft Transportation Plans

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on two draft transportation plans. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) outlines the roadway, aviation, and transit projects that are scheduled and funded for the next five-years, while the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) identifies regional goals and transportation projects with a horizon of 25-years. Comments on both documents will be accepted through March 4, 2016. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, final documents will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board on March 16 with at least seven (7) days public notice.

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) provides a common vision for the community’s future transportation needs and guides the investment of public funds in transportation facilities, addressing a timeline of 25 years. It includes both short and long term transportation strategies using multiple modes of transportation for moving people and goods. As one of the major planning documents of the HRTPO, the long range plan was developed in conjunction with local governments and citizens of the Heartland.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a comprehensive list of federal and state funded transportation projects through 2020. All modes of transportation are included in the TIP. This includes transit, roadways, bridges, aviation, seaport, rail and commuter rail, bicycle facilities, pedestrian provisions, and enhancement projects like landscaping and greenways. Produced annually, the TIP is known as a short-range plan because it allocates resources and dollars over each upcoming 5-year period by project phase.

Both plans include the Heartland region of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties. A public forum will be held to discuss the Long Range Transportation Plan on March 3 in Okeechobee and HRTPO staff will be speaking to groups throughout the six counties during the month.

The documents may be found on this website or at county or city administration offices and public libraries throughout the region. Anyone interested in submitting a comment or would like to request a speaker for an event or meeting may do so by contacting Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.