Dec 23 update. Excellent FROGG response. MPO received >70 emails. ... demonstrated widespread support for ROGG. However, ROGG design project (east of CR92) is currently not included in draft of 5-year FDOT work program.
BUT GOOD NEWS: ROGG design project for segment west of CR92 will take place a year earlier (2013/14 instead of 2014/15). AND US41 improvements near Collier Blvd, which includes multi-use pathway is funded.
Dec 12. Tell Collier County MPO to include new ROGG design project in FDOT 5-year work plan.
Collier MPO needs to know that regional pathways are important! … otherwise, there is no future funding.
FDOT work plan for the next 5 years is pending endorsement by Collier MPO on Friday, Dec 14 (agenda item 7c). However, the 5-year plan does NOT include funding for any new regional pathway projects.
We expected the work program to include $700,000 project for design phase of ROGG-west between SR92 and Marsh Trail. This project was prioritized #1 for regional Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grants by MPOs of both Collier and Lee Counties in spring of 2012.
CONTACT COLLIER MPO email@example.com AND TELL THEM:
Funding regional pathways projects is critical; non-motorized transportation projects are equally important as motorized transportation.
It is unacceptable that new regional pathways projects were excluded from 5-year FDOT work plan, and this should be rectified.
Regional pathways projects should take top funding priority if reallocation of FDOT funds becomes available.
Sep 1. Follow-up to Aug 19 action-alert:
Gov. Scott decided that Florida would “opt out” of the federally funded Recreational Trails Program. However, according to FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad, commitments of $2.6 million were made towards Safe Routes to Schools and recreational trails (same funding level as previous year).