The 2045 LRTP
The Martin MPO develops and adopts the LRTP to meet federal and state planning requirements. Federal and state governments use the LRTP to guide them in allocating funds for transportation projects during the next 25 years.
The 2045 LRTP includes technical analysis, such as, forecasting travel demand, to develop strategies to manage congestion, improve freight movement, support Complete Streets, address potential climate change and/or extreme weather event impacts on the transportation network, and enhance travel and tourism. This process considers the latest technological advances and new modes of transportation. The overall goals are to have a safe, modern multimodal transportation system that supports and enhances the community’s quality of life while addressing the needs and concerns of the public.
By state statute, the LRTP must consider the goals of the 40-year Florida Transportation Plan (FTP). The LRTP is a 25-year vision, which incorporates two short-range Martin MPO plans, the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The 2040 LRTP was approved on December 14, 2015.
What is the MPO?
The Martin MPO is comprised of a Governing Board and a staff of transportation professionals in Martin County. The eight-member Governing Board includes County commissioners and City of Stuart, Town of Sewall’s Point and Village of Indiantown elected officials appointed by their elected bodies to oversee and improve all aspects of transportation and multi-mobility in the county.
The MPO maintains an inventory and assessment of existing conditions, develops meaningful strategies through public input to assess needs and the implementation of those strategies. Through the MPO, Martin County secures federal and state funding for transportation projects.
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, established the process for states and local governments to receive a share of federal transportation funds for state and local projects. The Act set in motion the creation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations for urban areas through the United States. While the regulations and requirements have been refined in subsequent federal and state acts, the basic premise has remained the same. Urban areas with a population base for more than 50,000 residents must create a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to share in federal transportation funding.
In 1993, Martin County created the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to ensure the county secures funding for evolving transportation and infrastructure needs.
Nationwide, all MPO’s are designated and funded through federal legislation that mandates the coordination of plans and improvements in areas with a population of 50,000 or more. The intent of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 related to the authorization of MPOs was to ensure projects were developed according to “continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative” transportation planning – the “3C” planning approach.