About Transportation Planning

The Transportation Division of the West Florida Regional Planning Council provides staff services to the following Transportation Planning Organizations:

        General Planning Consultants                     

  General Planning Consultant Selection Process


TPO Air Quality Information                     

  Transportation Planning Air Quality Information


IM4 Transit                      

IM4Transit is a campaign of the Board of the Florida Public Transportation Association to identify, recruit, and mobilize at least 100,000 pro-transit Floridians.

        WFRPC Interactive TIPs                     

This link contains the Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) for the Florida-Alabama TPO, the Okaloosa-Walton TPO, and  the Bay County TPO. A TIP is a document listing and describing projects which will improve transportation capacity and effectiveness. Through this interactive website, the TIPs are available in portable document format (PDF). This site also contains an interactive, searchable, interface. Please be aware that each TPO adopts a new Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) every June and amendments occur very frequently. Pease see the cover of the document for the date of the most recent amendment.


Transportation Programs

Click on a link below to learn more about a program.

The Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)

The TPO is the local, intergovernmental transportation policy board within an urbanized area. The TPO consists of local government officials who make transportation-related decisions at a regional level. All urbanized areas defined in the census are required by the Federal Highway Act to establish a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive planning process.  The WFRPC provides administrative support to this board.


Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The LRTP is a minimum 20 year plan for transportation improvements. The WFRPC provides technical expertise for developing this plan.


Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 

The TIP is a five year plan for transportation improvements. Transportation projects in all modes are contained in both the LRTP and the TIP. 


Congestion Management Process Plan

This plan assists decision-makers in selecting cost effective, short term strategies to enhance the mobility of people and goods by rating the performance of existing transportation facilities.


Bicycle Pedestrian Plan

This plan identifies ways of increasing the safety and number of bicycle and pedestrian trips within the urbanized area.

WFRPC encourages the community to actively address pedestrian and bicycle pathway safety and connectivity to create a cleaner, less congested and healthier place to live.


Transportation Disadvantaged Program (TD)

The TD program provides door-to-door transportation for individuals who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are, therefore, dependent upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, education, shopping, social activities, or other life-sustaining activities.

Each service area, usually a county, has one designated Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) and a Local Coordinating Board staffed by the TPO to provide advice, guidance and oversight for the CTC.


Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP)

The TDSP is a five-year plan developed by the Community Transportation Coordinator, the Local Coordinating Board, and the TPO staff in each service area. The plan includes the details of system operations, outlines the needs and resources available to the system and sets goals and objectives for improving the coordinated system


Transit Development Plan (TDP)

The TDP identifies public transportation needs and improvements to mass transit / bus service.


RideOn Commuter Services

RideOn Commuter Services promotes affordable and reliable workforce transportation by encouraging the use of carpools, vanpools, public transportation, park & ride lots, and bicycle/pedestrian programs. Paired with a Guaranteed Ride Home program, RideOn is a one-stop-shop for commuters who desire to save money, reduce congestion, and help the environment. RideOn is available to anyone working or living in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, or Calhoun counties. For more information on the RideOn Program call 1-800-342-5557 or go to Ride-On.


TCC (Technical Coordinating Committee)

This committee is made up of local government professionals in the field of planning or engineering.


BPAC (Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee)

This committee is made up of both interested citizens and government professionals.


CAC (Citizen Advisory Committee)

This committee is comprised entirely of citizens who have committed their time to become familiar with various transportation projects.


Public Involvement

The role of Public Involvement is to ensure that the public has every opportunity to contribute ideas to transportation projects at an early stage of planning and on a regular basis throughout the process. This is done through advertisements of meetings, availability of information relating to projects, attendance by staff at neighborhood meetings, and outreach to the community through fairs, expos, surveys, and festivals.


Related Links

Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
FL Department of Transportation
FL Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council
FL Public Transit Association
FL Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged
American Public Transit Association