Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are federally mandated, and therefore work closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to ensure compliance with transportation planning and air quality standards, including the development of the Long Range Transportation Plan and compliance with public involvement standards.
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act” – which reauthorized surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2020. The act authorized $305 billion for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology and statistics programs.
Joint Certification Review
Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 134(i)(5) and 49 U.S.C. 1607, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must jointly certify the metropolitan transportation planning process in Transportation Management Areas at least every four years (a TMA is an urbanized area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with a population of over 200,000). CRTPO’s transportation planning process will be the subject of a certification review on December 15-16, 2015.