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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs), transportation planning and why this effort is important for the region. Come back and find more answers as our staff posts more answers to your questions. To ask questions, click here.

What is an MPO?

Metropolitan Planning Organizations

"A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the policy board of an organization created and designated to carry out the metropolitan transportation planning process. MPOs are required to represent localities in all urbanized areas (UZAs) with populations over 50,000, as determined by the U.S. Census. MPOs are designated by agreement between the governor and local governments that together represent at least 75 percent of the affected population (including the largest incorporated city, based on population) or in accordance with procedures established by applicable state or local law. When submitting a transportation improvement program to the state for inclusion in the statewide program, MPOs self-certify that they have met all federal requirements." ~Federal Transit Administration

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What is an LRTP?

Long Range Transportation Plan

Metropolitan Planning Organizations are tasked with developing a 20+ year plan for their regions, called the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). These plans are required for MPOs and must be updated every five years. The LRTP is a comprehensive assessment of the region's future transportation needs within the urbanized area. The LRTP includes multi-modal recommendations for improving the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services throughout the region. 

 

The LRTP also identifies potentially available federal, state and local funding levels and presents recommendations for the future programming and implementation phasing of major projects.

The goal of the LRTP is to create an effective framework for mobility and development together with a set of priority transportation investments that will address the area’s current and long-term needs. The projects that are selected as priorities for the transportation network will be programmed into the Statewide TIP for funding. The plan must comply with Federal guidelines as outlined in MAP-21 and is updated every five years.