February 6 Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization Meeting
Press release from Alachua County
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) for the Gainesville Urbanized Area will conduct a meeting at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville) in the John R. “Jack” Durrance Auditorium on Monday, February 6, 2023. The meeting begins at 3 p.m.
In-person public comment will be taken for the agenda items, and the public will also have an opportunity to speak about items not on the agenda. Members of the public who wish to speak are asked to limit their comments to three minutes. Masks for vulnerable citizens are strongly recommended. The meeting is televised live on Cox Channel 12 and is available on the Alachua County Video on Demand website. The public is encouraged to submit any written or photographic documents one business day prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding participation should be directed to the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization at 955-2200, extension 114.
Items of interest on the Meeting Agenda include:
1. Approval of Meeting Agenda and Consent Agenda Items
2. Transportation Improvement Program Amendment – Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 Grant Award
3. Bridge and Pavement (PM2) and System Performance (PM3) Measures and Targets
4. Carbon Reduction Strategy
5. Passenger Rail Update
The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization is responsible for the continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative urban transportation planning program for the Gainesville Metropolitan Area. This planning program is required in order to receive federal and state funds for transportation projects. Voting members consist of the five Alachua County Commissioners and the Mayor and the six City of Gainesville Commissioners. Non-voting members are The University of Florida President’s designee, a Rural Advisor designated by the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Secretary’s designee. Staff services are provided by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
Urban transportation planning? Are they kidding? Gainesville has already become a traffic gridlocked mess and will get worse as more and more apartments are built, resulting in more crushing traffic on the roads. As property developers give kickbacks to “whore” public officials, population density will increase and Gainesville will devolve into total transportation chaos.
Warren Buffett says urban trollies are a boondoggle money pit. Do not favor that for Gville.
Support rural toll roads! Do not pander to fake green narrow minded elitists. Rural toll roads are what the interstate should have been all along. We would not have endless sprawl and the REAL green damage done across Alachua county’s westside if I-75 were a limited access toll road.