The Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is the lead transportation planning agency for Polk County. It develops transportation plans and programs for Polk County as mandated by federal and state legislation, which are designed to meet our community’s short and long term travel needs. Transportation projects, e.g., road widening projects or bus service expansions, are planned and programmed (federal and state funding) by the TPO is cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), transportation operators and local governments. Staff support is provided by the Growth Management Department of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.
The TPO provides a forum for cooperative decision-making regarding countywide transportation issues. It is comprised of a 19-member policy board of local elected officials, staff, and advisory committees. The member governments include the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and the cities of Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales, Fort Meade, Mulberry, Frostproof, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Davenport, Polk City, and Lake Hamilton. Other public agencies such as the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Departments of Community Affairs (DCA), Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), are also represented on its advisory committees.