Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization







The MPO Process

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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 2013-2016

Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the transportation planning agency for the Lafayette Urbanized Area, the geography as defined by the US Census and illustrated by the "Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Area" map. The Lafayette MPO consists of representatives from local governments and transportation authorities. The main function of the MPO is the oversight of short and long-range transportation plans, the coordination of federal, state and local transportation programs and projects, and the allocation of federal, state and local funds for transportation projects and programs.

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. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of federal funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive planning process. The MPO process was further defined by the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

The purpose of the MPO is to ensure that federal transportation funds are coordinated in the metropolitan region-wide plans developed through inter-governmental collaboration, rational analysis and consensus-based decision making. Congress has identified the following reasons why MPOs are essential:

  • Transportation investment means allocating scarce federal, state, local and other transportation funding resources appropriately;
  • Planning needs to reflect the region's shared vision for its future;
  • Adequate transportation planning requires a comprehensive examination of the region's future and investment alternatives; and
  • An MPO is needed to facilitate collaboration of governments, interested parties and residents in the planning process.

There are four core functions of an MPO:

  • Establish a Setting: Manage a fair and impartial setting for effective regional decision-making in the metropolitan area.
  • Evaluate Alternatives: Evaluate transportation alternatives, scaled to the size and complexity of the region, to the nature of its transportation issues, and to the realistically available options.
  • Maintain a Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP): Develop and update a fiscally-constrained long-range transportation plan for the metropolitan area covering a planning horizon of at least 20 years that fosters:
    • Mobility and access for people and goods,
    • Efficient system performance and preservation, and
    • Quality of life.
  • Develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Develop a fiscally-constrained program based on the long-range transportation plan designed to serve the area's goals, using spending, regulating, operating, management and financial tools.

3 Week Meeting Schedule
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Public Information
March 11, 2010 -
Joe Riley presented his vision for Charleston at the Independent smart growth Lecture Luncheon on May 12, 2009. This is a similar presentation that was given to planning staff by the Joseph P. Riley Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Studies in the College of Charleston.   (Click here for More)
April 9, 2013 -
The MPO is in the process of reorganizing to meet the requirements of MAP-21 (new transportation legislation) and an expanded MPO study area. This presentation includes information on the proposed reorganization.   (Click here for More)
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Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, income, gender, age, and
disability in access to, or operation of its programs, services, activities or in its hiring or employment practices.
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