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

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, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.