What are Metropolitan Planning Organizations?
A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an agency created by federal law to provide local input for urban transportation planning. Federal transportation funds are allocated to cities with populations of greater than 50,000 for the express purpose of providing transportation planning for the MPO area. The mission of a MPO is to provide comprehensive, coordinated and continuous (the "3Cs") transportation planning for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods consistent with the region's overall economic, social and environmental goals. Special emphasis is placed on providing equal access to a variety of transportation choices and effective public involvement in the transportation planning process. There are more than 300 MPOs across the country. Most MPOs are part of a city, county or area regional planning council.
The West Virginia MPOs
Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson (BHJ) Metropolitan Planning Commission
Serving Steubenville, Ohio/Weirton, WV (Brooke and Hancock Counties, WV; Jefferson County, Ohio)
Bel-O-Mar Regional Council
Serving Wheeling, Ohio and Marshall Counties, WV; and Belmont County, Ohio
KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission
Serving Huntington, WV; Ironton, Ohio (Cabell and Wayne Counties, WV; Lawrence County, Ohio)
Regional Intergovernmental Council
Serving Charleston Metropolitan Area (Kanawha and Putnam Counties)
Wood-Washington-Wirt (W-W-W) Interstate Planning Commission
Serving Parkersburg, WV, Marietta and Belpre, Ohio (Wood County, WV and Washington County, Ohio)
Morgantown/Monongalia County Transportation Planning Organization
Serving the greater Morgantown area and Monongalia County
Hagerstown / Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization
Serving the three-county region of Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland.
Fayette / Raleigh Metropolitan Planning Organization
Serving the two-county region of Fayette and Raleigh Counties in West Virginia
Last Updated: 11/26/2014