North Florida Transportation Planning Organization

Message from the Executive Director

First, I want to thank our board, staff, partner agencies, consultants and the public for their responsiveness and flexibility as we navigated the challenges brought by the global pandemic. Fortunately, we were able to quickly pivot to a remote and eventual remote-office hybrid work environment, using digital communications and outreach tools.

We completed planned studies to improve safety and mobility in targeted areas across the region. While people were driving less, the interest in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure continued to increase as shown by the 2,847 people who participated in our online St. Johns County Sidewalk Survey.

The pandemic also brought to light the need for improved social services and mobility in our underserved communities – issues now under study in the Smart North Florida Mobility for the Underserved initiative. We convened non-profit and social service providers to learn how we can help them leverage data sharing and technology.

Indeed, these efforts to forge new relationships and connect digitally have resonated with not only citizens who were previously unfamiliar with our work, but also our federal oversight agencies who lauded our achievements in our quadrennial certification.

No matter the challenge, we will continue to plan, fund and mobilize people and resources to meet the mobility needs of our region’s current and future citizens.

Jeff Sheffield
Executive Director

2020 Funding

2020 Board


James Johns
St. Johns County Commission

Vice Chairman

Charlie Latham
Mayor, City of Jacksonville Beach


Wayne Bolla
Clay County Commission

Diane Hutchings
Clay County Commission

Danny Leeper
Nassau County Commission

Steve Kira
St. Augustine/St. Johns Airport Authority

James Bennett
Baker County Commission
Ex Officio Member

Danny Becton/Sam Newby
Jacksonville City Council

Randy White
Jacksonville City Council

Kevin Holzendorf
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Al Ferraro/Randy DeFoor
Jacksonville City Council

Mike Cole
Nassau County Ocean, Highway and Port Authority

Putnam County Commission
Ex Officio Member

Matt Shellhorn, USN Ret
Representative for Capt. Brian Weiss, Navy

Scott Wilson
Jacksonville City Council
Representative for Lenny Curry Mayor, City of Jacksonville

Nancy Sikes-Kline
City of St. Augustine Commission

Daniel K. Bean
Jacksonville Port Authority

Patrick Kilbane
Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Gregory Evans, P.E.
District 2 Secretary
Florida Dept. of Transportation
Non-Voting Adviser


Jeff Sheffield
Executive Director

Denise Bunnewith
Planning Director

Wanda Forrest
Transportation Planning Manager

Elizabeth De Jesus
Transportation Programs Manager

Marci Larson
Public Affairs Manager

Milton Locklear
Transportation Planner/Modeling Specialist

Angela Session
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Lott
Executive Assistant

Kristen Sedlak


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St. Johns County Sidewalk Asset Strategy
How should booming St. Johns County prioritize sidewalk needs?
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Chaffee Road Corridor Study
Would busy Chaffee Road, from Beaver Street to north of Old Plank Road, benefit from improvements to increase safety and enhance multimodal transportation?
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Ridgewood-Foxridge Area Traffic Study
Can the local level of service for these neighborhoods off Blanding Boulevard in Clay County be improved without sacrificing commercial or commuter traffic needs?
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Monument Road Traffic Study
How can we improve safety and traffic flow along this 2.6-mile corridor?
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Tourism Mobility Study
Let’s make it easy for tourists to get around our beautiful, diverse region! How can we provide diverse tourism travel options and encourage integration of alternative transportation into tourism activities?

Smart North Florida

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This past year, the North Florida TPO created its second non-profit - Smart North Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. The founding board members are TPO Executive Director Sheffield, JEA Director of Information Technology Strategy and Solution Development Steve Selders and UNF Vice President of Jobs Karen Bowling. Becoming a non-profit creates additional opportunities and funding sources.

Jeff Sheffield’s 2020 Smart North Florida project recap

Watch the Recap

Smart North Florida Studies

Final Pavement Management Report v2
Pavement Management Pilot Study
Can we save money by using technology to predict potholes?
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Ladders of Opportunity - Final Report
What is the nexus between mobility and poverty, economic mobility, food security, disability, public safety and being medically underserved, and how can we help?

Integrated Data Exchange (IDE)

The IDE serves a critical role in the Ladders of Opportunity program by providing a platform for social service providers to share data, create custom dashboards and coordinate solutions.

Integrated Data Exchange

The TPO’s Congestion Management Dashboard pulls from a variety of data sources within the exchange to create a snapshot of transportation data that continually updates over time.

Congestion Management Tool

North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition

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Our 2020 clean fuels focus was fleet education. Watch our educational webinars to learn about fleet fueling alternatives - electrification and propane autogas.

Educational Webinars

2020 Certification

Federal law requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to jointly certify the transportation planning processes of urbanized areas with a population greater than 200,000 at least every four years. The North Florida TPO was re-certified in 2020 and received praise from the review team for innovative ideas and best practices. Highlights include:

Through the Smart North Florida program, the TPO has created unique non-traditional partnerships with the non-profit and tech communities. Interagency planning among the TPO, JTA and City of Jacksonville for the Bay Street Innovation Corridor was also cited as collaborative, cooperative and comprehensive.


The TPO’s collection and use of cutting-edge data to both inform and analyze its decisions through an online engagement tool has resulted in the highest level of participation and adds value to an already robust traditional public outreach program.


    The TPO demonstrates robust public participation in all planning processes including the LRTP and the TIP and effectively employs visualization techniques in all documents and especially on the TPO website