The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB). These are volunteer, non-paid positions. See the legal advertisement below for specific vacancies.
The Hernando/Citrus MPO has adopted the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. Looking ahead almost three decades, this document guides planning and spending for roadways, bicycle/pedestrian and transit for both Counties. The plan satisfies the federal mandate that all urban areas have a transportation plan that can occur based on reasonably available funding and is the first LRTP developed by the newly formed joint Hernando/Citrus MPO.
Following receipt of public hearing comments, citizen input and recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) the MPO Board reviewed and adopted the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) on December 14, 2014. One of the Plan’s revenue assumptions was the passage of Hernando County's sales tax referendum and the continuation of transportation impact fees. The sales tax initiative failed very late in the development of the LRTP. Due to the constrained adoption timeline, a subsequent plan amendment was initiated to balance project costs with the reduced revenue.
Tindale-Oliver, the MPO's general planning consultant, revised revenue assumptions and updated the project list to balance the plan in Hernando County. In Citrus County, the Suncoast Parkway 2 project was appended as a committed project (US 98 to SR 44). The US 41 multi-lane project (SR 44 to SR 200) was re-segmented and advanced for completion by 2030. Also, the CR 491 project limits were adjusted and the W. Crystal Oaks Drive project was removed. See below for the Draft Amended LRTP presented to the MPO Board for approval on August 1, 2015.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is mandated by the Federal Highway Act of 1973 to provide a cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing transportation planning and decision-making process. The process encompasses all modes and covers both short-range and long-range transportation planning. MPO plans and programs are reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Each urban area in the United States has a MPO which acts as a liaison between local communities, their citizens, and the state departments of transportation (DOTs). MPOs are important because they direct how and where available state and federal dollars for transportation improvements will be spent.
As defined by federal and state transportation regulations, the primary functions of the MPO are to:
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) holds fully advertised public hearings prior to adoption of all transportation-related plans, documents, programs, and grant applications. Public hearings are also held prior to taking formal policy actions on matters of specific interest to the community and on other topics of importance.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, 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 Dennis Dix, MPO Coordinator, or Mary Elwin, Operations Assistant, at 352-754-4057, at least seven days prior to the meeting.
For more information on MPOs and their importance in the life of a community please read the following by Howard Glassman, Executive Director of Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Committee ---- MPO’s: A Primer.
In addition, the pdf Florida Transportation Trends and Conditions 2014 Pocket Guide (5.10 MB>)> produced by Florida Department of Transportaion, Office of Policy Planning in conjunction with the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the University of South Florida is one of several products intended to assist Florida transportation policy makers and planning organizations by identifying, analyzing and disseminating information about how transportation serves and affects Florida. It includes information regarding the growing demand for transportation facilities and services; the current system or supply of transportation; the impacts of the transportation system on our society; and the resources, investments and costs associated with providing transportation.