Metropolitan Planning Organization
Each Urbanized Area with a population of 50,000 or more is required by Federal Regulations to have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with the responsibility of conducting a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. In the Kokomo region, Kokomo Howard County Governmental Coordinating Council is the designated MPO.
Currently, all MPO’s are governed by federal legislation called the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The MPO planning process is a prerequisite to the area receiving federal funds for airport, transit and highway improvements.
Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA)
Transportation planning is regional in scope because the transportation system cuts across governmental boundaries and improvement programs require the cooperation and participation of all levels of government.
The MPO is responsible for transportation planning in the area defined by the most current Census as being urbanized, plus the area anticipated to be urbanized in the next 20 years. This area is known as the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). See map below.
The present MPA is based on the 2000 Census and includes most of Howard County and a small section of Miami County. The MPA will be updated with data from the 2010 Census when it is made available by the Census Bureau.