Highlands Transit Plan

Save the Date: Community Workshop on May 4 

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. The plan is required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to be eligible to receive state funding for public transportation.

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
☐  Prepare Implementation and Financial Plans

The study area will be focused on Highlands County, which includes the Sebring-Avon Park Urbanized Area as designated by the US Census in 2010. Highlands County also includes the Town of Lake Placid and a number of other population/activity centers that should be considered as potential connections for any proposed system for public transportation.

What will be in the 10-year Highlands Transit Plan?

The Highlands Transit Plan is intended to serve as a 10-year strategic document that is developed through a collaborative process based on the community’s vision and is updated every five years. Key components when developing the plan include:

  • Evaluating demographics & travel behavior/patterns
  • Assessing existing public transportation options
  • Conducting extensive public involvement & community outreach
  • Identifying and prioritizing public transportation service and capital needs
  • Developing a 10-year service, financial & implementation plan

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 February and March 2017 helped to identify the needs of the community through:
    • 25 Stakeholder interviews
    • Transportation Needs Survey (~750 responses)
    • 3 Community workshops in Sebring, Sun n’ Lake, and Lake Placid
    • 10 days @ the Highlands County Fair
    • Informational materials and presentations
    • Website, email blasts, flyers

Upcoming Public Workshops & Events

Community Workshop
May 4, 2017
Avon Park Community Center, 310 W Main St, Avon Park, FL 33825

Join us to talk about the public transportation service options for the Highlands Transit Plan.
Open House 5 pm -5:30 pm, Interactive Presentation begins at 5:30 pm

Those who attend will learn, evaluate, and share their opinions on:

  • The specific service options being considered and how they should be included and prioritized in the 10-year plan
  • Cost estimates and funding for the potential public transportation service options
  • The criteria that will be used to evaluate the various service options
  • The different ways public transportation services may be managed and operated, should the Highlands Transit Plan be approved and implemented