TPO to update long-range plan

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The Ocala Marion Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is pleased to announce the official kick-off to the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) has begun.

The TPO is requesting your feedback in our survey by MetroQuest. This survey is attempting to garner public feedback about traffic suggestions, and needs/priorities for transportation throughout Marion County.

The survey will be used to help shape Goals and Objectives (G&O) for the upcoming LRTP. The G&Os are used to help determine the TPO’s List of Priority Projects (LOPP), which is an actual list of transportation projects that are submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for funding in the upcoming fiscal years.

The survey can be found on the TPO’s LRTP project website by clicking the middle button, “Take Our Survey” at the following link www.ocalamarion2045.com.

The TPO is planning several public workshops, which will be help in partnership between the TPO’s planning consultant, Kittelson & Associates, and TPO staff. The goal of the workshops are to inform the public about the LRTP process, and garner feedback regarding the priorities, goals, and objectives.

The details of the workshops are:

* 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 — Marion Oaks Community Center.

* 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 — Silver Springs Shores Community Center.

* 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 — Belleview City Hall.

* 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 — Dunnellon City Hall.

* 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 — Reddick-Collier Elementary School.

The Federal Highway Act of 1962 established legislation that mandated that any urbanized area with a population of 50,000 or more that expends U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) funding must implement a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process.

The Ocala Marion TPO is the designated planning agency for the Ocala Urbanized Area (UA). The TPO includes the cities of Belleview, Dunnellon, and Ocala. In addition, the TPO planning boundaries includes all of Marion County.