A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) has several purposes. First, to develop a long-range
transportation plan that will provide a multi-modal investment
strategy for meeting the mobility needs of people and businesses
throughout a metropolitan area.
Second, an MPO is responsible for developing the short-range
transportation improvement program which prioritizes improvement
projects for federal funding purposes.
MPOs ensure that provisions
of state and federal laws pertaining to regional transportation
planning are implemented in each metropolitan planning area. The
planning area is defined as the existing urbanized area plus the
projected 20-year growth area. It is mutually
determined by the MPO and the state.
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Last modified: May 4, 2009