MPO Planning Resources – An Internet-Based Tool

Small and medium-sized metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) commonly experience frequent staff and policy committee turnover. Frequent turnover requires that new staff and policy committees need to become familiar with MPO processes and requirements as quickly as possible. In some cases, staff will be directed to accomplish specific tasks prior to becoming fully knowledgeable of the overall MPO process. This can be particularly true as deadlines for metropolitan transportation plans (MTPs) loom closer. The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has developed a web site comprised of MPO process related materials for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The original need for this effort stemmed from frequent turnover in a specific MPO and the struggles staff experienced with knowing how to prioritize tasks and being aware of processes related to the MTP update. That effort began with the creation of a timeline of tasks and subtasks and evolved into the development of a web site. The web site contains scores of “drill-downs” that are explanations of requirements and processes. The web site also contains links to federal and state documents and examples of documents from various states. This paper explains the evolution of the Internet-based resource from its initial spreadsheet format. The paper also provides an explanation of the overall process to develop the resource, including the key personnel involved. Detailed explanations of various sections of the web site are also included. The paper is formatted in a user’s guide layout, with section headings presented in the form of questions a resource user might ask. This paper will be beneficial to MPO and state Department of Transportation (DOT) staff who may desire to develop a similar resource for their agencies.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Tools of the Trade: 12th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01485112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2013 2:49PM