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Local Initiatives Program

Local Initiatives Program

Program Overview

The adopted Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) allocated a portion of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds to advance lower-cost, non-regionally significant transportation projects identified by our communities.  The Local Initiatives (LI) program is an annual competetive application process where projects are submitted to the MPO and then ranked and prioritized for funding.  Funded projects are either implemented by the applicant and funded through a grant reimbursement agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) or they are implemented by FDOT.

  • $18M is anticipated to be allocated annually to fund projects under the Local Initiatives (LI) Program
  • Projects selected for funding by the MPO will be constructed in four or five years


Eligible applicants:

  • Municipal, county, state, federal agencies and tribal councils.

Eligible LI Funding Activities:

  • Complete Street projects - Including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Access Management, Signing and lighting, Turn Lanes, Traffic Signals, Striping and Marking
  • Transit capital - purchases of vehicles, shelters, park-and-ride facilities.  Can also pay up to 50% of a turn-key contract for new transit service (e.g. trolley service)
  • Non-motorized infrastructure - Buffered and designated bike lanes, Sidewalks, Shared-use paths
  • Freight efficiency - Airport or seaport off-site capacity improvements, Railway capacity improvements, Truck movement improvements

Application Guidelines

  • Application requests for MPO funding are limited to a minimum of $250,000 and a maximum of $3.5M, inclusive of all phases (e.g. design, construction and CEI).  The LI program cannot fund right-of-way acquisition.
  • Projects must be located on a roadway that is classified as an urban collector or higher.
  • An applicant may submit a maximum of 3 applications but only the highest ranking eligible project application will be included in the draft priority list.  If funding levels permit, a second round of projects may be added to the priority list.
  • Applications must be submitted online via the MPO website.
  • Applications must include all required documents.
  • Applications will be scored and ranked via the MPO scoring system.
  • The MPO Board makes the final determination regarding inclusion of an application on the MPO Priority Projects List and may waive any of the above requirements.

Click here to view the Project Schedule

Click here to view the Local Initiatives Scoring System

Click here to learn how to submit an LI Program Application


Project Schedule Next Steps

April 10-14, 2017 - Applicant Presentations to MPO Staff. MPO staff will provide feedback and clarify project intent.

May 26, 2017FDOT D4 returns Eligibility Determinations. MPO shares eligibility issues with applicants and creates draft priority ranking for eligible projects.

May 30 - June 16, 2017 - Applicants to Resolve Outstanding Eligibility Issues.

July 12-13, 2017 - Priority List to Committees: MPO Final Ranking. Committee reviews draft priority ranking. Each committee member gets to submit their own ranking for all projects – no discussion, just a staff presentation and then a silent ballot with an option to approve MPO staff ranking.

July 20, 2017 - MPO Board Final Ranking.

August 1, 2017 - Submit Project Priorities to FDOT. The MPO submits an adopted list of finalized priority projects to the FDOT D4 Program Management Office and notifies sponsors of final priority rankings.


Thank you to those who submitted applications!


Previously Funded Projects (prior to 2016)

Click for a summary of projects that have previously received funding allocations through the Local Initiatives (LI) program.

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