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About the TPO

Eight lanes of traffic in Polk County

The Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is the lead transportation planning agency for Polk County.  It works with the Florida Department of Transportation and local governments to plan and fund transportation projects that provide safe, reliable travel for all users.

It has an adopted Strategic Plan based on the following vision, mission statement and core values.


Safe travel for all


Partner with the community to plan and fund transportation projects and programs that provide safe, reliable travel for all users.


  1. Safe and reliable transportation should be available to all regardless of their age, ability or social status.
  2. The efficient movement of goods and services is an essential part of our economy.
  3. Transportation is a part of the fabric of our community. Transportation projects and services should support vibrant communities and our vision for the future.
  4. The best plans come from community collaboration. Leveraged resources go farther.


The TPO is a grant funded agency.  Federal funds (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration) comprise nearly 80% of agency funding.  The Florida Department of Transportation provides state funding in support of the TPO’s planning activities, and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners provides a small local cash match to the grants.

Funding Source FY 2018/19 FY 2019/20
Federal $1,245,065 $1,095,769
State $293,839 $255,944
Local $30,833 $37,329
TPO agency funding pie chart showing 18% state, 79% federal, and 3% local

Unified Planning Work Program


The Polk TPO believes that transportation systems should not only be safe and efficient, but also represent their unique, diverse and vibrant community. As such, the Polk TPO does not tolerate discrimination in any form in its programs, service or activities. Moreover, the Polk TPO is committed to not only considering the transportation needs of everyone in Polk County, but also to conducting substantial outreach to ensure broad input from the community. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state nondiscrimination authorities, the Polk TPO does not and will never deny the benefits of, exclude from participation or subject to discrimination anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, relation, or family status.

Polk TPO NonDiscrimination Plan


The Polk County Board of County Commissioners provides staff support to the Polk TPO.

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