Metropolitan Planning Organization


“Through a commitment to robust and quality data, the MPO will ensure an objective and balanced analytical approach that emphasizes multi-modal considerations and unique geographic characteristics, in order to support well-informed regional decision-making and public discourse.”
-MRMPO Mission Statement

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required by federal law for all urbanized areas with populations greater than 50,000. MPOs are responsible for carrying out metropolitan transportation plans and programs. MRMPO is governed by the Metropolitan Transportation Board; a group of elected leaders who set the planning policy and vision for the future of transportation in the metropolitan area.

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Core Functions

MRMPO is responsible for ensuring that the following core functions are carried out and meet federal guidelines: 

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

The MTP is the region’s long-range transportation plan which determines how federal transportation dollars will be spent over a 20-plus horizon period. The MTP highlights existing transportation conditions and future growth forecasts in order to ensure that multimodal transportation investments occur where they will be needed most. 

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is the metropolitan area’s short-range transportation program. It lists, in detail, all transportation projects that will receive federal transportation funds over the next 6 years. The TIP is developed with the guidance of a competitive process that is carried out collaboratively among all member agencies.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The UPWP is the mechanism for listing and organizing the MRMPO’s transportation planning activities that will be undertaken over a two-year time period. The work plan is developed by MRMPO in cooperation with its member agencies.

Public Participation Procedures (PPP)

MRMPO is committed to conducting a robust outreach process to accompany its planning activities and products. The PPP outlines the methods and techniques for outreach purposes that favors going to where people are rather than asking them to come to us, as well as increased efforts to reach underrepresented populations.