Programs & Plans


Adopted Plans:

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)


View the 2040 LRTP and Supporting Technical Documents

This plan 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 20 or more years. It includes both short and long-term transportation strategies using multiple modes of transportation for moving people and goods.

  • Details comprehensive plan for transportation modes
  • Includes long and short range goals and strategies
  • Identifies funding sources and estimates costs
  • Provides framework for choosing transportation projects
  • Includes local government projects

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

Congestion Management Process document coverView the Congestion Management Process

Congestion management is the application of strategies to improve transportation system performance and reliability by reducing the adverse impacts of congestion on the movement of people and goods. The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a systematic approach for managing congestion throughout the region, providing the safe and effective integrated management and operation of new and existing transportation facilities through the use of demand reduction and operational management strategies.

Transit Development Plan for Highlands County

Highlands Transit Plan Executive SummaryView the Highlands Transit Plan

The Highlands Transit Plan, led by the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), is a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Highlands County. 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 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.

Transportation Trends Report

2017 Transportation Trends Report CoverView the 2017 Transportation Trends Report

Transportation Trends Report reports on the transportation performance measures developed in the Congestion Managment Process. The HRTPO Transporation Trends Report will be updated every two years.

Prioritized Project List

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Project Priorities for FY 2023
Project Priorities for FY 2022

The Prioritized Project List contains a list of unfunded highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects that have been prioritized for funding. The list is updated annually, allowing local governments to plan for the funding and implementation of projects in their respective communities. Priorities are based on established criteria such as traffic volumes, environmental impacts, and available matching local funds.

Public Participation Plan (PPP)

HRTPO_Draft_PPP_07-01-15_cover2015-2018 Public Participation Plan
2015-2016 Public Involvement Report
2016-2017 Public Involvement Report

The Public Participation Plan (PPP) provides guidelines used by the HRTPO to inform and gather input from residents, communities, and interest groups throughout the six counties in order to expand the information available for planning.

  • Outlines organizational structure and work products
  • Describes HRTPO public communication tools
  • Prescribes public comment periods
  • Offers opportunities for public involvement

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

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View FY 2018/19 – FY 2019/20

View FY 2016/17 – FY 2017/18, Amended April 19, 2017
View FY 2014/15 – FY 2015/16

This Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the transportation planning projects to be performed within the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) study area.

  • 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
  • Estimated cost for each task

Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)


TIP for Fiscal Years 2017/2018 – 2021/2022, Adopted June 21, 2017, Amended April 18, 2018
TIP for Fiscal Years 2016/2017 – 2020/2021, Adopted June 22, 2016, Amended June 21, 2017
TIP for Fiscal Years 2015/2016 – 2019/2020, Adopted March 16, 2016

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a comprehensive list of federal, state and locally funded transportation projects. 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.

  • Lists priority projects from the LRTP
  • Provides 5-year implementation schedule
  • Allocates state and federal funds for capital projects
  • Becomes part of the Statewide TIP (STIP)