Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Recognizing that many transportation actions and their impacts are by nature regional in scope, the transportation planning process is aimed at creating a forum in which local, State and Federal agencies responsible for developing transportation improvements can act in a coordinated manner. This approach facilitates comprehensive and orderly development of transportation facilities and services. Every urbanized area with a population of more than 50,000 must have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation to qualify for federal highway or transit assistance. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) relies on the MPOs to ensure that highway and transit projects that use federal funds are products of a credible planning process and meet local priorities. USDOT will not approve federal funding for urban highway and transit projects unless they are on the MPO’s program. Thus, the MPO’s role is to develop and maintain the necessary transportation plan for the area to assure that federal funds support these locally developed plans. The MPOs have also been given the responsibility to involve the public in this process through expanded citizen participation efforts. Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is the MPO for the Midland Urbanized area, designated by Governor Snyder on January 8, 2013.

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