Texas Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations


Federal Law requires that a Metropolitan Planning Orginization (MPO) be designated for each urban area with a population of 50,000 or more. The MPO will provide a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process that results in plans and programs that consider all transportation modes and supports metropolitan community development and social goals. These plans and programs shall lead to the development and operation of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient, economic movement of people and goods.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are local decision-making bodies responsible for overseeing the metropolitan transportation planning process.

MPOs are federally required, and designated by the Texas Governor, for United States Census Bureau designated urban areas with populations greater than 50,000.  Texas presently has 23 MPOs designated as of March 2024.  In addition, certain MPOs represent Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) for urban areas with populations greater than 200,000.  Texas presently has 11 TMAs.  More information about the federal and state regulations behind the designation of MPOs and TMAs is available under the “Resources for MPOs” link noted at the top of this page.

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