Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Coordinated Transportation Planning: The Case of Regional Transit Agencies in a Southern State

Federal law requires that metropolitan areas with greater than 50,000 residents establish a formal process for surface transportation planning. Planning is coordinated by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), which are nongovernmental entities charged with ensuring that the planning process is coordinated among all relevant transportation stakeholders including highway, rail, and transit. Regional transit agencies create a unique planning challenge for MPOs in that regional transit agencies typically cover multiple MPO jurisdictions. This paper examines the nature and form of MPO and regional transit cooperation in North Carolina. The research finds three different models for MPO-transit cooperation that are largely based on historical, geographical, and political factors. The research suggests that MPO-transit cooperation is more challenging when the regional transit agency is under local government control.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054509
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0088
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 4:38PM