February 2, 2018 – The policy and practice under which metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) operate has not kept up with shifts in federal policy. It is time to update the role MPOs play.
Eno Transportation Weekly
June 23, 2017 – Delegates in the worlds of planning, engineering, and policy (as well as a few historians, architects, and enthusiasts) converged on the town of Nijmegen, The Netherlands last week for the 2017 The Velo-City Conference.
May 19, 2017 – Former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other experts addressed a seminar on the future of mobility this week.
April 27, 2017 – Earlier today, the House of Representatives gave final approval for legislation (S. 496) that will repeal a December 2016 regulation that would have the effect of forcing many metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) around big cities to merge. This clears the measure for the President’s signature.
March 9, 2017 – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation to repeal the December 2016 final rule from the U.S.
December 16, 2016 – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week decided to move forward with issuance of a final rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in many jurisdictions to consolidate. The final rule was sent to the Federal Register for eventual publication yesterday despite overwhelmingly negative comments on the proposed version of the rule from stakeholder groups and the public.
This week, we have a second round of guest op-eds relating to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed rulemaking that will have the effect of forcing the consolidation of many metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in metropolitan regions – from Steve Heminger of the San Francisco Bay area MPO, and from Carl Mikyska, head of the Florida association of MPOs.
DOT should put away the rule book and take out its check book to address MPO governance reform. We may need fewer than 400+ MPOs across the land. But we need stronger regional planning and policy engagement if the federal transportation program is going to get the best bang for its limited buck.
MPOs accountable to local elected officials–who in turn answer to local voters—are best suited to represent the local transportation needs and concerns. We should work together to create a system that insures those local voices remain sufficiently local to understand local concerns, and yet are still heard at statewide and national levels.
This week, we present a matched set of op-eds on DOT’s proposed MPO consolidation rule – one opposed to forced MPO consolidation and one in favor.
Guest op-ed critiquing USDOT’s recent proposed rulemaking to force the consolidation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in many areas.
Guest op-ed expressing the need for the consolidation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in many areas.
On June 27th, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration jointly released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination and Planning Area Reform. This rule has the potential to dramatically reshape the transportation planning landscape.
On May 27th, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) jointly released a final rule updating metropolitan, nonmetropolitan, and statewide transportation planning rules to reflect changes in law made by the enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015.