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Metropolitan Planning Organization
Welcome to the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for transportation planning in Pasco County. MPO planning activities are primarily funded by two federal grants that are channeled through the Florida Department of Transportation. To learn more, click here.

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) want to hear from the citizens about the Transportation Planning Process in Pasco County:

Federal Law requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to jointly certify each Transportation Management Area’s (TMA) planning process at least every four years. TMAs are urbanized areas with 200,000 or more in population. The Federal team has scheduled a site visit to Pasco County on March 27-28, 2017 to conduct the TMA certification. The Tampa Bay TMA includes three MPOs of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco.

Three primary activities will comprise the site visit:
(a) Staff-level discussions with representatives from FDOT and other planning agencies within the TMA;
(b) Discussion with local elected and/or appointed officials; and
(c) the Discussions with the general public.

At the conclusion of the upcoming site visit, an informal closeout session will be held with the MPO and planning partners to discuss preliminary review findings. A TMA Certification Review Report that summarizes the site visit that provides specific review findings, and issues the FHWA/FTA certification act will be prepared after the site visit. Subsequently, a formal presentation will be made by FHWA/FTA at a future Pasco County MPO Policy Board Meeting following the transmittal of the TMA Certification Review Report.

The format for the public meeting on March 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM consists of two components:
1) a brief presentation by FHWA Florida Division staff and
2) an open forum to receive public comments. 

A lead Federal Review Team staff member will be responsible for moderating the public meeting. The Public Meeting will be held at West Pasco Government Center, Board Room, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, Florida, 34654. Please see the Notice of Public Meeting for more details.

A citizen may also communicate their concerns directly to the Federal  Review Team by submitting a Comment Card/Form. The comment cards should be returned to FHWA Florida Division Office at 3500 Financial Plaza, Suite 400; Tallahassee, FL 32312; Attn: Planning, or faxed to (850) 942-9691 or dropped at the Public Meeting or email to .  All written comments will need to be received by the April 27, 2017 as indicated on the comment form in order to be included in the final certification report.

WITHLACOOCHEE TRAIL CONNECTOR STUDY

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is undertaking a planning study to identify trail alignment alternatives to connect the future northern extension of the Hardy Trail, that will end at Lock Street in Dade City, to the southern end of the Withlacoochee State Trail Trailhead on the west side of US 301 in Trilby, a total distance of approximately 5 miles. An open-house style public information meeting has been scheduled for anyone interested in the Withlacoochee Trail Connector Planning Study.  The first open house was held on February 22nd to allow the public to share opinions and other information that will be useful in developing trail connection options. Please see the map of the trail study area. Please see below for the date and location of the open house #2. Please contact Justyna Buszewski 727-847-8140 or email  for more details.


WHAT:        Withlacoochee Trail Connector Study # 2 Open House

WHERE:     Dade City Hall - Commission Chambers
                   38020 Meridian Avenue
                    Dade City, FL 33326

WHEN:       TBD       

WESLEY CHAPEL ROADWAY CONNECTION STUDY
The MPO is undertaking a study of potential roadway connections in Wesley Chapel area between Hillsborough and Pasco County. The study will identify the issues, opportunities and potential impacts and mitigation strategies of the various roadway connections including the Mansfield Boulevard and Kinnan Street roadways. Other potential connections will include the extension of Meadow Pointe Boulevard and Wyndfields Boulevard. The MPO will facilitate public meetings to receive comments on concepts, alternatives and traffic operations analysis. Wesley Chapel Roadway Study view details.

NORTHEAST PASCO (THE HILLS) MULTI-MODAL SAFETY ACTION PLAN
The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is undertaking a planning study to address current conditions, stakeholder concerns (incl. bicyclists and local residents), commonly used bicycle routes, options or improvement types available, costs and priorities for the northeast area of Pasco County, sometimes known as the San Antonio Hills.  The bicycle safety measures will consider engineering solutions, education strategies, and enforcement options. We are soliciting input from all interested parties to provide insight into the areas that are of the most concern for all users. Please see the map of the bicycle club routes to be studied that was displayed at a public information meeting held on August 18, 2016 in Dade City. Please contact Justyna Buszewski 727-847-8140 or email  for more details.

VISION 54/56
The MPO had begun studying potential highway and transit improvements on the S.R. 54/56 corridor from U.S. 19 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.  This study had been divided into two phases.

Phase 1 involved a citizen led task force approach with the objective of recommending up to 6 viable including a “no build” alternative . Task force recommendations for phase I was presented to the MPO Board on June 9, 2016 . The MPO Board authorized staff to move forward with  phase 2 of the study to evaluate the recommended alternatives and selecting a preferred alternative. The purpose of phase 2 will be to:

  • Evaluate alternatives resulting from Phase 1.
  • Facilitate extensive public engagement and outreach.
  • Select and refine a preferred alternative.
  • Develop an implementation plan.
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Contact Us
James H. Edwards
Transportation Planning Manager

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8731 Citizens Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34654-5598
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Ph: (727) 847-8140
Fx: (727) 847-8113

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
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