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About MPO

CRPC is the Baton Rouge area's designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Baton Rouge MPO is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and transportation authorities. Federal legislation passed in the early 1970s required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000. MPOs were created in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs were based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3-C) planning process. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process.

Following are the five core functions of BRMPO:

Establish a setting: Establish and manage a fair and impartial setting for effective regional decisionmaking 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. (These evaluations are included in the Unified Planning Work Program or UPWP).

Maintain a Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP): Develop and update a long-range transportation plan for the metropolitan area covering a planning horizon of at least twenty years that fosters (1) mobility and access for people and goods, (2) efficient system performance and preservation, and (3) quality of life.

Develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Develop a program based on the long-range transportation plan and designed to serve the area's goals, using spending, regulating, operating, management, and financial tools.

Involve the public: Involve the general public and all the significantly affected sub-groups in the four essential functions listed above.

In accordance with federal regulations, the BRMPO is required to carry out metropolitan transportation planning in cooperation with the state and with operators of publicly owned transit services. The MPO approves the metropolitan transportation plan. Both the governor and the MPO approve the TIP.

The BRMPO planning process includes active outreach strategies to give people the opportunity to provide input. Opportunities are provided for the public to get involved throughout the process, especially while the plan and the TIP are being developed. Special attention is given to involving those groups who are underrepresented or have been underserved in the past in terms of the expenditure of transportation dollars. BRMPO is also designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA) as it has popualtion greater than 200,000.
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