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Proposed Amendment to the Long Range Transportation Plan

April 11, 2018
Proposed Amendment to the Long Range Transportation Plan

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for proposed amendments to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

The LRTP is one of the key products of the planning process and addresses the state and federal requirements that are the responsibility of the TPO as the organization authorized to carry out the transportation planning process. The 2040 LRTP for the Heartland region was adopted at the TPO Board meeting on March 16, 2016, and amended on June 8, 2016, and approved by the Federal Highway Administration on August 10, 2016, in order to meet Federal guidelines.

The HRTPO has continued to develop additional plans and processes that inform the LRTP and so an amendment is necessary to incorporate these work products and address other needs that have been identified since the adoption of the LRTP. The amendment is scheduled for adoption at the HRTPO Board meeting on April 18, 2018.

The proposed amendment includes:

  • Planning Requirements of FAST Act
  • Performance Measures and Targets for Safety
  • Complete Streets
  • HRTPO 2040 Cost Feasible Plan addition of SR 710 Phase 2 Extension in Okeechobee County
  • Congestion Management Process
  • Transit Development Plan
  • Evaluation Criteria for Capacity Projects
  • FGWT Opportunity and Priority Trails Maps
  • Identified in the Table of Contents, sections of the appendix have been relocated to the Technical Support Documents.

Click here to view the amendment packet

The comment period for the LRTP proposed amendment begins on April 11, 2018, and comments will be accepted through April 17, 2018. The proposed TIP amendments will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on April 18, 2018. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Engagement and Mobility 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.

Proposed Amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

April 11, 2018
Proposed Amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for proposed amendments to the FY 2017/18 through FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  The TIP is a list of funded transportation projects covering a period of five years. Adopted each year in June, the TIP is updated by amendment throughout the year to ensure authorization of federal funds.

The proposed amendment includes:

  • Highlands Right-of-Way Phase for Turn Lane Project – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to add state funds for a Right-of-Way phase in the current fiscal year for Project #435066-1 in Highlands County adding a right turn lane on SR 17 at CR17A. This amendment is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current Fiscal Year 2017/2018.

Click here to view the amendment packet

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on April 11, 2018, and comments will be accepted through April 17, 2018. The proposed TIP amendments will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on April 18, 2018. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Engagement and Mobility 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 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for HRTPO

March 12, 2018
Public Comment Period Open:  Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for HRTPO

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Fiscal Years 2018/19 – 2019/20. The UPWP describes the transportation planning projects to be performed within the HRTPO area and includes the following components:

  • Summarizes planning tasks to be completed by the HRTPO
  • Defines work products and timeline for major activities
  • Proposes budget using federal and other funds for planning
  • Estimates cost for each task

The UPWP identifies the work tasks for two budget years, from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.  Development of the UPWP is required to detail the tasks that will be undertaken by the HRTPO, its staff, and committees. The draft UPWP must be reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and approved by June 30.  The adopted UPWP forms the basis for federal and state transportation planning funds to be granted through agreements or grants to the HRTPO.

View the draft plan here.

The comment period for the Draft UPWP begins on March 12, 2018, and comments will be accepted through April 10, 2018. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the Draft UPWP will be presented for final adoption to the HRTPO Board on April  18, 2018, with at least seven (7) days public notice. The documents may be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org.

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.

COUNTY ROAD 769 (KINGS HIGHWAY) ALTERNATIVES PUBLIC MEETING

February 22, 2018
COUNTY ROAD 769 (KINGS HIGHWAY) ALTERNATIVES PUBLIC MEETING
Meeting Type: Open House
Date: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Name: Grace Presbyterian Church
Street Address: 10548 SW Kings Highway (CR 769)
City: Lake Suzy
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting an Alternatives Public Meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study of County Road (CR) 769 (Kings Highway) in Charlotte and Desoto Counties. The public meeting is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10548 SW CR 769, Lake Suzy, Florida 34269.
The study limits are Kings Highway from South Kingsway Circle in Charlotte County to Peace River Street in Desoto County. At this public meeting, FDOT will display information about Build alternatives that would widen Kings Highway to a four-lane divided highway within the study limits and show a video that will play continuously explaining the alternatives. A No-Build alternative is also under consideration, and will remain a viable alternative as the study continues.
The meeting will be an open house format where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. Written comments will be accepted at the public meeting or mail comments postmarked by March 19, 2018 to Joshua Jester, E.I., FDOT project manager, at P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33931-1249, by telephone at 863-519-2251, toll-free at 1-800-292-3368, ext. 2251, or by email to joshua.jester@dot.state.fl.us. Comments can also be submitted on the project website www.cr769kingshighway.com. Your comments are an important part of this PD&E study.
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People requiring special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at jamie.schley@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days prior to the meeting.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016, and executed by FHWA and FDOT.
For more information about the Kings Highway PD&E study, please contact Joshua Jester, as referenced above, or visit the project website www.cr769kingshighway.com.

HRTPO Receives Jan Johnson Public Participation Award

February 16, 2018
HRTPO Receives Jan Johnson Public Participation Award

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization received the Jan Johnson Public Participation Award for the Highlands Transit Plan at the annual meeting of the Heart of Florida Section of the American Planning Association Florida Chapter on February 9, 2018.  This award is presented to a community or organization that utilized the planning process to address a need in their community.  Emphasis is placed on how the stakeholders were involved in the planning process used to solve a problem, address a need, or promote the public interest.

The Highlands Transit Plan, led by the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization, is the first adopted Transit Development Plan for Highlands County. Adopted in October 2017, the plan establishes 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 planning process engaged thousands of citizens throughout a 10-month study and collected over 900 surveys that informed the process and the recommendations of the plan.