Informational Resources

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Below are links to various sites containing additional information about the roles and responsibilities of MPOs, and the federal transportation planning and environmental processes: 

Transportation Planning Capacity Building - This program provides educational materials that help transportation decision makers, staff, and the general public become familiar with the metropolitan transportation planning process and regulations. This program is a joint venture of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. 

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) - A national association of MPOs that provides news and information on the metropolitan transportation planning process, technical support, lobbying services, and a major annual conference for decision makers and professional staff. 

Federal Highway Administration - The federal agency with primary responsibility for overseeing most of the work that MPOs carry out. 

Federal Transit Administration - The federal agency that oversees the second largest portion of the work that MPOs carry out. 

US Environmental Protection Agency - The federal agency that administers the provisions of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and which is responsible for determining an MPO's compliance with these regulations. 

North Carolina Department of Transportation - The state agency that is the primary point of contact for North Carolina's 17 MPOs, as well as the 20 Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (RPOs). 

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Administers the state's environmental regulations and assists NCDOT and MPOs in complying with federal environmental regulations. 

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act, A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) - Federal surface transportation authorizing legislation, enacted in August 2005. SAFETEA-LU succeeds the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) of 1998, and its predecessor, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. SAFETEA-LU is the primary source of legislation currently governing the metropolitan transportation planning process. In addition, each of these bills has established the levels of federal transportation funding distributed to the states and MPOs over the subsequent six-year period. TEA-21 expired in 2003, but because the US Congress was unable to ratify a new bill, a series of extensions were passed, until SAFETEA-LU was finally enacted. 

Transportation Planning Glossary - This site provides definitions for terms and acronyms associated with the metropolitan transportation planning process and associated federal regulations.