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Draft Highlands Transit Plan Open for Public Comment

August 8, 2017
Draft Highlands Transit Plan Open for Public Comment

Public Comment Period: August 8 – September 6, 2017

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the draft Highlands Transit Plan from August 8 – September 6, 2017. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the draft Highlands Transit Plan will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board on September 20, 2017, after seven (7) days public notice.

The Highlands Transit Plan, led by the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), is a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Highlands County. The plan will help establish a strategic vision to guide planning, development, and implementation of public transportation service over the next 10 years. Developed through a collaborative process and based on the community’s vision, the plan and is updated every five years.  The plan is required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to be eligible to receive state funding for public transportation.

View the Draft Executive Summary

View the Draft Highlands Transit Plan

View the Draft Appendix

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To submit comments, complete the form or contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134. Printed copies are available upon request.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, income, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO Title VI Liaison, 863-534-7130, extension 134 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by email: msoderstrom@cfrpc.org.

Brent Kettler Appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee

July 27, 2017
Brent Kettler Appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee

The Director of Economic Development for the Hendry County Economic Development Council, Brent Kettler, has been appointed to represent Hendry  County on the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

Kettler will join the 12 other volunteer members and alternates in providing input on transportation issues and assist in identifying the needs of the public in the Heartland Region. Kettler said:

“Transportation is the common variable present in all economic development challenges in Hendry County, as well as within our region. My objective in participating as a member of the HRPTO CAC is to help glean best practices, relay local challenges to the larger group, and utilize the time spent as a commitment to addressing the top priority Hendry and regional partner transportation challenges.”

The committee is comprised of members from the Heartland region including the six counties of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee and the urbanized area of Highlands County including the cities of Sebring and Avon Park. Interested applicants are invited to apply for the CAC if they live or work in the Heartland region and the application is available at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or by email at info@heartlandregionaltpo.org. Applicants are reviewed by their local government and appointed by the HRTPO Board.

All meetings of the HRTPO and its committees are open to the public. For more information, contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

 

FDOT Public Hearing on SR 29 in LaBelle

June 23, 2017
FDOT Public Hearing on SR 29 in LaBelle

 FDOT Southwest Florida will be holding a Public Hearing for the SR 29 project in LaBelle on Thursday, June 29 at 5:00 pm at the LaBelle Civic Center. Learn more at http://sr29labelle.com/

SR 29 FROM CR-80-A (COWBOY WAY) TO CR 731 (WHIDDEN RD)
Meeting Type: Hearing
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Name: LaBelle Civic Center
Street Address: 481 Highway 80 West
City: LaBelle
Purpose: This is the Public Hearing for the SR 29 project in LaBelle.
Project Web Site: http://sr29labelle.com/

Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

June 7, 2017
Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for a proposed amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

 

The amendment includes:

  • The preliminary engineering and construction phase for an intersection improvement in DeSoto County at US 17 and NE Livingston Avenue
  • The preliminary engineering and construction phase for pavement reconstruction in Okeechobee County at US 441 from north of 7th Street to south of 9th Street

These projects are included in the TIP for FY 2017/18 through 2021/22 that will be adopted on June 21, 2017, however, it is necessary to amend them into the current TIP to ensure authorization of federal funds in the first quarter of FY 2017/18.

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on June 7, 2017, and comments will be accepted through June 13, 2017. The proposed TIP amendment will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on June 21, 2017, with at least seven (7) days public notice. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

View the proposed amendment package.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom, by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Public Comment Period Open: Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for HRTPO

May 10, 2017
Public Comment Period Open: Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for HRTPO

Draft Transportation Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2017-2018 through 2021-2022
Comment Period: May 10 to June 9, 2017

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the draft Transportation Improvement Program from May 10 – June 9, 2017. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the draft TIP will be presented for final adoption to the HRTPO Board on June 21, 2017, after seven (7) days public notice.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) outlines the roadways, bridges, transit, aviation, rail, trail/bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and landscaping projects that are scheduled and funded for the next five years through 2022 in DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties.

The draft Transportation Improvement Program may be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or at county or city administration offices and public libraries throughout the region.

Ways to Comment:

  • Visit us at your local library (dates and times below)
  • Email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org
  • Mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830
  • Call (863) 534-7130 x 134

Join the HRTPO at a library near you to learn more about the plans and programs of the HRTPO and the draft Transportation Improvement Program

June 1, 2017

June 5, 2017

June 6, 2017

 


Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, income, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact  Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO Title VI Liaison, 863-534-7130, extension 134 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by email: msoderstrom@cfrpc.org.