NADO Joins AMPO and NARC in Submitting Comments to USDOT on MPO Coordination NPRM

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by NADO Admin

NADO has joined the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in submitting comments to the Federal Register expressing concerns about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination and Planning Area Reform.  The NPRM makes several proposed changes transportation planning regulations including:

  • Changes to the definition of Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), clarifying that it must include the entire urbanized area, plus the contiguous area forecast to become urbanized within the 20 year planning horizon;
  • For MPAs with more than one MPO, the rule requires Governors and MPOs to determine whether multiple MPOs are warranted within a single MPA, based on size and complexity of the area. If they determine it is not appropriate for multiple MPOs to serve an MPA, then the MPOs would be required to merge or adjust their jurisdiction to allow for only one MPO within the MPA;
  • Multiple MPOs within an MPA would jointly develop planning products including a single metropolitan transportation plan, TIP, and performance targets;
  • States and MPOs would be required to maintain a current planning agreement which would include a dispute resolution process;
  • These requirements would be phased in over 2 years after publication of a final rule.

Clickt here to view the comments.

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