Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Ensuring transportation investments support the region's vision
Expensive infrastructure investments require coordinated planning. The Council works with regional partners to ensure our transportation investments support our vision for the region, accommodate projected growth, and use public resources wisely and cost-effectively.
The Metropolitan Council – along with its Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) - serves as the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Twin Cities metro area. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through the MPO planning process. Congress created MPOs to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a "continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3‑C)" planning process.
See the Transportation Planning and Programming Guide (29 pages, pdf) to learn more about the region's transportation planning process.