The Polk Transit Authority (PTA) was created in 2007 by the Florida Legislature, and will act as the regional transit authority for Polk County. The PTA will provide for strategy development and implementation of alternative local funding sources when federal transit operating funding will no longer be available due to the changing status of the Lakeland and Winter Haven areas from urbanized areas with under 200,000 in population to urbanized areas with over 200,000 persons. Urbanized areas with populations that exceed 200,000 are no longer eligible for federal transit operating funds.
The PTA will work towards the consolidation of the three existing transit service providers into a single entity, providing countywide transit services, coordination with other regional providers, and the potential for a long-term and stable source of transit funding.
The Polk Transit Authority meets bi-monthly, on the fourth Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. Location to be determined.