MRMPO has an overarching goal of providing effective outreach to engage as many members of the public and stakeholders as possible in the regional long-range transportation planning process, putting particular focus on reaching out to populations underrepresented in the planning process (e.g., low-income, minority, and young adults). To help accomplish the goal, MRMPO continually assesses and refines its outreach approach and methods as needed. The objectives of MRMPO’s public participation activities are to increase engagement through new methods, to increase efforts to reach underrepresented groups, and to put more effort to going where people are as opposed to having them come to where we are.
MRMPO strives to provide clear and thorough information to the public, to solicit as much feedback and comment from the broadest cross-section of the public possible, and to increase awareness of MRMPO as the coordinating body for the regional long-range transportation planning process that must be continual, comprehensive, and cooperative (the “3C Process”).
Actively listening to participants in the transportation planning process is a priority of the organization. In outreach efforts, MRMPO’s focus has shifted from presenting information to gathering information, opinions, thoughts and ideas from the public, agency members, and stakeholders, and integrating that feedback where possible.
Watch MRMPO’s videos about MRMPO and the regional transportation planning process.
MRMPO develops a long-range transportation plan for the region called the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, or MTP. This plan is updated every five years. The current plan is the Futures 2040 MTP.
The MTP update, Connections 2040, officially kicked off in October 2018. There were three public meetings around the region where the public was invited to learn about the MTP and what is in store with the Connections 2040 MTP update as well as share their thoughts and concerns on transportation in the region.