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The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process (often called the 3C – continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive – process) for the Boston metropolitan area. The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and state transportation funds to programs and projects – roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian – that support that vision. This vision is integral to each of the certification documents: Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program and Unified Planning Work Program.
The MPO region encompasses 101 cities and towns (pdf map) (html list) and approximately 1,405 square miles, stretching from Boston to Ipswich in the north, Duxbury in the south, and to approximately Interstate 495 in the west. It is home to more than three million people and approximately two million jobs. The diverse communities in the MPO area range from relatively rural communities, such as Dover, to the urban centers of Boston and Cambridge. Therefore, transportation planning must take into account demographic, cultural, environmental, and mobility diversity.
Cooperatively selecting transportation programs and projects is a role of the MPO’s 22 voting members. The membership, which is documented in the MPO’s Memorandum of Understanding (pdf) (html), includes state agencies, regional entities, and municipalities. Each fall, four municipal seats on the MPO’s board are up for election. The chief elected officials of the municipalities in the region vote to elect these members. Learn more about this process on the election page.
The work of the MPO is performed by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) under the direction of the MPO. Throughout its work, the MPO conducts a strong public involvement program, collaborating with a wide range of interested parties on an ongoing basis.
In all of its programs and activities, the MPO also complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal and state non-discrimination statutes and regulations. Learn about the MPO’s nondiscrimination policy and how to submit a complaint here.
The activities of the MPO are periodically reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The latest Certification Review Report (pdf) (html) was issued in May 2015.