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The project logo Long Range Transportation Planning for 2045

Images of the Cities and Counties within the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization's boundaries.


The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) presents the transportation improvements that are needed today and in the future to help move people and goods safely and conveniently about the community. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years. For more information on long range transportation planning, visit www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow.

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is governed by a 17-member apportioned Board comprised of elected officials. Join us for a series of Virtual Town Tours where you can learn about the needs in your community and help guide the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  We encourage you to participate and tell us what is important to you and your community. Below is the schedule for the Virtual Town Tours and how you can participate. 

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Transportation Investment Survey

In the next 25 years, almost $5 Billion may be invested in the Sarasota/Manatee transportation system. Your priorities will help decide which programs and projects are submitted to state and federal...

 Who is planning for 25 years?

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. MPOs are established by state and federal laws and through interlocal agreement to provide a process for local governments within the region to coordinate with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The MPO planning process is continuing, comprehensive and cooperative. To learn more about the Sarsota/Manatee MPO, visit http://www.mympo.org.

Transform 2045 LogoWhy do we plan for 25 years?

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) presents the transportation improvements that are needed today and in the future to help move people and goods safely and conveniently about the community. Based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3-C) planning process, the MPO’s LRTP is governed by Federal law and regulations found in Title 23 United States Code (USC) Section 134, Title 49 USC Section 5303, and codified in Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 450.

The LRTP often contains a Needs Plan and a Cost Feasible Plan. The Needs Plan takes into account current and future transportation needs without consideration of financial constraints. A Needs Plan can aid in inventorying a region’s transportation needs to prioritize which projects should be funded to achieve a more efficient and interconnected transportation system.

The LRTP must demonstrate fiscal constraint, which means the plan includes sufficient financial information for demonstrating that projects in the metropolitan transportation plan can be implemented using committed, available, or reasonably available revenue sources, with reasonable assurance the federally supported transportation system is being adequately operated and maintained. [23 C.F.R. 450.104]

Town Tour Schedule

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is hosting a series of Virtual Town Tours where you can learn about the needs in your community and help guide the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  We encourage you to participate and tell us what is important to you and your community. Below is the schedule for the Virtual Town Tours. To register for a Virtual Town Tour, visit the individual community page by clicking the tab on the left.

Any person with a disability requiring assistance, auxiliary aids, and services for this meeting should notify the MPO at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting by calling 941-359-5772.  Below is the schedule for the Virtual Town Tours and how you can participate.