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The Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is responsible for the planning and implementation of all modes of transportation including highway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and paratransit. The purpose of the TPO is to provide a forum for a coordinated, comprehensive, and continual transportation planning process. This process is critical in providing a safe, effective, and cost efficient transportation system.

The TPO was established in 1981 after the 1980 Census determined the urbanized area of the City of Ocala exceeded a 50,000-population threshold. Initially, the TPO planning area was limited to the Ocala Urbanized Area. In response to tremendous growth outside the urbanized area, the planning boundaries were expanded to include the entire county in the late 1980s.