A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and transportation authorities. The Federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1973 required the formation of a MPO for any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000. MPO’s were created in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs were based on a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) planning process. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. A metropolitan planning organization is responsible for engaging the public to evaluate transportation alternatives according to the nature of the issues within the area. They are responsible for developing and updating a long-range transportation plan (LRTP) with a twenty-year planning horizon, and also develop a transportation improvement program (TIP) designed to serve the areas transportation needs.
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has three MPO areas in the region, Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. East Central is the MPO for the Fox Cites and Oshkosh, and is the staff for the Fond du Lac urbanized area with the City of Fond du Lac acting as the MPO.
More information on each individual MPO can be obtained at their respective MPO webpages shown below.