The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is the independent regional transportation planning agency for Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
This area encompasses over 3,000 square miles and a population of nearly 1.4 million.
Imagine every town, city, county and state government planning roads and transit services independently. Our transportation system would not work very well. That’s why the federal government requires areas developed around cities with 50,000 or more people to have a “metropolitan planning organization” like the TPO to coordinate planning and funding.
Local elected officials and transportation agency representatives serve on the TPO Board. Under Board direction, the TPO is led by an Executive Director with professional staff in transportation planning, modeling, communications and finance.
We are responsible for developing three key documents:
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) detailing the TPO's annual budget and planning activities;
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) listing the funding and staging of improvements for roadways, transit, air and seaports, bicyclists, pedestrians and the transportation disadvantaged over a five-year period; and
- Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) with a 20+ year time horizon based on current needs and forecasted future growth which lists the multi-modal transportation projects that are needed and can be funded in that timeframe.
In addition to developing these plans and programs, the North Florida TPO works with our partner agencies and member counties to identify issues, convenes stakeholders, conduct studies and develop policies in light of local, national and global trends.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations undergo certification by the Federal Highway and Transit Administrations every four years. The North Florida TPO completed certification in 2016 and was commended for leadership and coordination throughout the region. Noteworthy practices were identified in the areas of air quality, freight planning, intelligent transportation systems, safety, Title VI and related requirements, outreach and public participation, and travel demand modeling/data.