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History of MPOs

A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an agency created by federal law to provide local input for urban transportation planning and allocation of federal transportation funds.

In 1974, the U.S. Congress amended the Federal Aid Highway Act, which mandated that all urbanized areas having a population of 50,000 or more designate a single agency to administer federal transportation funds. The agencies that were established were called Metropolitan Planning Organizations. These organizations were to provide a transportation planning process for local, state and federal officials. Today, there are more than 300 MPOs across the country, including the Lake-Sumter MPO.

Within a region, transportation planning is important to everyone. How well a citizen can travel to work, school, the shopping mall or the hospital affects their safety and quality of life. The mission of a MPO is to provide comprehensive, coordinated and continuous transportation planning for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods consistent with the region's overall economic, social and environmental goals.

These planning organizations place special emphasis on providing equal access to a variety of transportation choices and promoting effective public involvement in the planning process. The Lake-Sumter MPO works together with its transportation partners, including the public, to enhance the intermodal mobility of the community by developing a comprehensive long-range transportation plan that supports the mobility needs and economic development of the community.