Staffing and Organizational Capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Many Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) were formed and structured to conform to the prevailing planning tasks of the late 20th Century. Recent federal legislation and regulations have added new planning topics to MPO responsibilities. These new responsibilities-coupled with technology improvements-have made MPO operation and management an increasingly complex and resource intensive undertaking. However, no national research exists on how MPOs have altered their staffing and organizational structures to meet today's challenges (as discussed at The Metropolitan Planning Organization, Present and Future Meeting sponsored by TRB and FHWA/FTA, August 2006). There are five tasks associated with the project. The first is a comprehensive survey of MPOs to learn about staffing and administrative capacity. Task 2 will select ten agencies for follow-up case studies. A sample staffing plan for newly formed MPOs will be created as Task 3. Report writing, presentation of results, and project administration comprise Task 4 and 5.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $124287.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTFH61-08-C-00021 Ta

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Petty, Kenneth

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of South Florida, Tampa

      Center for Urban Transportation Research
      3650 Spectrum Boulevard
      Tampa, FL  United States  33612-9446
    • Principal Investigators:

      Pinson, Sharon

    • Start Date: 20080912
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100321
    • Source Data: RiP Project 20296

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459708
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-08-C-00021 Ta
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM