The River to Sea TPO is created under the provisions of 23 U.S.C. Section 134 and designated by the Governor of Florida, under Section 339.175 of the Florida Statutes, to develop transportation plans and programs for the designated Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). The membership of the TPO, as outlined in Section 339.175 F.S., is determined by agreement between the Governor and the units of general purpose local governments within the MPA. Membership is intended to ensure equitable representation of the populations served by the organization as well as input by major transportation service providers such as airports and mass transit. Various agencies are also represented including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Members of the TPO operate through the establishment of interlocal agreements.
The River to Sea TPO comprised of a policy-setting board which consists of elected officials representing all of the local governments, including municipal and county entities. This is the policy body of the organization, composed of the elected officials of the general purpose local government entities and appointed officials of the providers of transportation in the designated metropolitan planning area.
The River to Sea TPO Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month and all meetings are properly noticed and open to the public. Board meetings are held at the River to Sea TPO office and begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.. In accordance with the adopted bylaws of the TPO, each meeting agenda includes an opportunity for “citizens to comment or be heard on any matter pertinent to the urban transportation planning process.” This provides time for citizens to address the River to Sea TPO Board regarding a broad range of transportation related topics.
The River to Sea TPO has also established a series of committees, subcommittees and working groups that assemble regularly to investigate specific topics in greater detail than what is typically accomplished at board meetings. These groups include the Executive Committee, the Budget Subcommittee, the Nominating Committee, the Central Florida MPO Alliance and the Legislative Issues Subcommittee. For information regarding the specific activities of these groups, please contact the TPO staff at email@example.com.