A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a federally-mandated and federally-funded transportation policy-making organization in the United States that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities. In 1962, the United States Congress passed legislation that required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3-C”) planning process. Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by federal law and transparency through public access to participation in the planning process and electronic publication of plans is now also required by federal law.
LMB encouarges cyclists living in communities that are part of a MPO to actively participate in your local planning process by regularly speaking up for cycling and insuring that bicycling is routinely incorporated into your MPO's long range transportation plan, nonmotorized plans. Most have some sort of governing body and various committees that you may want to consider serving on.
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