Public Comment Period Open: Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for HRTPO

April 16, 2016
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 2016/2017 – 2017/2018.  The UPWP is a biennial document covering two budget years, and the TPO year is July 1 through June 30.  Development of the UPWP is required to detail the tasks that will be undertaken by the HRTPO, its staff and committees.  This document provides a description of the required work tasks and resulting products, who will perform the work, timeframes, detailed budget for expenditures on those tasks, as well as the source of funds. 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.

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The comment period for the Draft UPWP begins on April 16, 2016 and comments will be accepted through May 16, 2016. 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 May 25, 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