The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) has significantly changed the role of the metropolitan planning organization (MPO). ISTEA prescribes balanced consideration of modern transportation--highways, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, freight traffic--and links it to land use, pollution control, and environmental protection. ISTEA is also one of the few remaining sources of federal funds for MPOs. Although MPOs have had varied responsibilities over the years, and depending on the region, the primary responsibility of the MPO is to plan; that is, MPOs decide what to build, improve, coordinate, and enhance. This article describes the changing role of the MPO, reports on the sometimes strained relations between states and MPOs, and predicts the future for MPOs, based on reauthorization of ISTEA in 1997. Examples of MPOs working regionally in the St. Louis (Missouri) and Portland (Oregon) areas are provided.

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    American Planning Association

    122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1500
    Chicago, IL  United States  60603-6107
  • Authors:
    • Andrews, J H
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


  • English

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 8-12
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  • Accession Number: 00729987
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1997 12:00AM