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 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

Share Your Comments

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.

To submit comments, complete the form below 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.

Public Comment Form


Plan Progress:

✔ Evaluating demographics and travel behavior/patterns: View the Draft Technical Memo #1 Baseline Conditions
✔ Evaluating Demand and Mobility Needs: View an overview of results from the Needs Survey and interviews conducted
✔ Develop Goals and Objectives
✔ Identifying and prioritizing public transportation service and capital needs
✔ Developing a 10-year service, financial & implementation plan
✔ Conducting extensive public involvement & community outreach throughout process


Why is your input important?

Your input will contribute greatly to developing this initial Highlands Transit Plan. Early input received will be used to help establish the community’s public transportation needs. During later phases of the plan development process, the additional public input will be sought to confirm and prioritize alternatives for inclusion in the 10-year service, financial & implementation plan.

Input received in early 2017 helped to identify the needs of the community through:

Public Workshops & Events

Past Events: