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August 31, 2016

Due to Tropical Depression 9 and the anticipated rainfall throughout the region, we are postponing the September 1 CAC Meeting and rescheduling it for:

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DeSoto County Administration Building | 201 East Oak Street | Arcadia, Florida 34266

If you are unable to attend on the 15th, please notify Kathy Hall at

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks, and we hope everyone is able to stay safe and dry!

Request for Proposals: Transit Development Plan

August 30, 2016
Request for Proposals: Transit Development Plan


The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) requires the services of a firm with transit planning expertise to develop a 10 – Year Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Highlands County including the Sebring-Avon Park Urbanized Area.  The Transit Development Plan will comply with the current TDP requirements in FS 14-73.001. The TDP will serve as a strategic plan used to guide transit planning, development, and operations over the planning horizon from Fiscal Year 2017 through Fiscal Year 2027, within the context of community-wide mobility needs.  The study area for the TDP is Highlands County however, the existing Heartland Rural Mobility Plan (HRMP) includes all six counties of the HRTPO (DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee).  The HRTPO is committed to diversity in its employees and consultants and therefore encourages qualified minority and disadvantaged firms to apply.

Areas of Expertise:

Areas of planning expertise needed for this project include:

  • Transit Planning
  • Transportation Planning


Questions should be addressed in writing via email to Shannon McPherson at no later than September 15, 2016. Responses shall be in writing. Responses to questions shall be provided to all persons who have requested a copy of this RFP and will be posted on website.

No questions regarding this RFP may be directed to HRTPO or CFRPC Board members or HRTPO or CFRPC staff members other than the above designee.  Violation of this prohibition may result in the disqualification of the consultant from further consideration. The HRTPO reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject all submissions, reissue a subsequent RFP, terminate, restructure or amend this procurement process at any time. This RFP has been reviewed by the Florida Department of Transportation for compliance with applicable State and Federal procurement requirements.

Interested proposers should request a Proposal Package from Shannon McPherson at

The deadline for submissions is September 29th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Proposal Packages received after the deadline will not be considered. Proposal Packages should be directed to:

Mail or Express Delivery

Attn:  Shannon McPherson
555 East Church Street
Bartow, FL  33830

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Survey to Monitor Public Engagement Efforts

July 18, 2016
Survey to Monitor Public Engagement Efforts

Participate in Survey Now

Thank you.

The HRTPO is a year old, and you helped us get here. As the first six-county regional transportation planning organization in Florida, the counties of the Heartland came together to begin the process of regional transportation planning and coordination to benefit our citizens, business, and communities.

As we continue to build on the progress of the past year, we ask your assistance in completing a brief 10 question survey to help us monitor and track our public engagement efforts. Participate in Survey Now.

Public Comment Period Open: Proposed Amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

May 25, 2016

Amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Public Comment Period Open: May 25 – May 31

Click here to view the Amendment Package

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization will consider the proposed amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on June 8, 2016. The amendment adds to and modifies the segments listed below:

  • Chapter 1, Introduction
  • Chapter 6, Roadway Needs
  • Chapter 7, Modal Options
  • Chapter 8, Funding Plans
  • Appendix

All additions to the text are underlined and any deleted text from the adopted plan is shown with a strikethrough. This is the first amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan that was adopted on March 16, 2016 by the HRTPO Board. The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan can be found in it’s entirety in the Plans section of

Parties can submit written comments to Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or by emailing, or may call (863) 534-7130 x 134. The deadline to submit comments is May 31, 2016.

Contact us at 863-534-7130 or for more information.

Amendment Scheduled for Adoption at HRTPO Meeting on June 8 in Sebring

Where: Highlands County Board of County Commissioner Chambers
600 South Commerce Ave | Sebring, FL 33870
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 10AM 

The final draft to be considered for adoption will be distributed to HRTPO Board members on June 1, 2016 and available at or by contacting the HRTPO at 863-534-7130 or

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

April 27, 2016
Public Comment Period Open: Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for HRTPO

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2016/2017 – 2020/2021.  The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a comprehensive list of federal and state funded transportation projects through 2021. 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.

View the draft plan here:

The comment period for the Draft TIP begins on April 27, 2016 and comments will be accepted through May 27, 2016. 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 22, 2016 with at least seven (7) days public notice. The documents may be found at  Anyone interested in submitting a comment 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.

About the HRTPO
The Heartland Regional TPO is a federally mandated transportation policy-making organization that coordinates transportation plans for 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. The HRTPO does not discriminate against any person with respect to a HRTPO program, activity or service and adheres to the Federal non-discrimination requirements under Title VI and other related regulations and statutes. The HRTPO strives to ensure full and fair participation by all potentially affected individuals, groups and communities in the transportation decision-making process. To learn more about the HRTPO, visit our website at