Multistate Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are responsible for the transportation planning process in urban areas with populations of 500,000 or more. There are about forty of the 384 MPOs that cross state boundaries. The establishment and operation of these multi-state MPOs is more complex given differences in state laws, institutional arrangements, regulations, and funding arrangements. As a result, multi-state MPOs face additional challenges and opportunities in conducting the continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative (“3-C”) transportation planning process. This paper summarizes the key characteristics of the 40 multi-state MPOs. Information is presented on the number of states involved, the size of the urban area, the date of the multi-state MPO designation, the enabling authorization, and the organizational structure. The policy board composition of multi-state MPOs is discussed, along with voting methods, officers, and advisory committees. Examples of the unique challenges and opportunities facing multi-state MPO are described. The paper is of interest and benefit to staff and policy makers at multi-state MPOs, state departments of transportation, local agencies and jurisdictions, and federal agencies.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0973
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 5:33PM