Plans & Policies

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) by Federal regulation must carry out a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive ("3-C") planning process in partnership with MaineDOT, public transit operators, and other agencies that undertake transportation planning and project selection in MPO areas. These terms are defined as follows:

  • Continuing means the process is ongoing and cyclical.
  • Cooperative means that transportation stakeholders work together to develop the best strategies for an MPO region.
  • Comprehensive means that programs and strategies address all modes of transportation, all options, and the benefits and drawbacks of all alternatives.

Federal regulations require that MPO plans and programs "lead to the development and operation of an integrated, intermodal metropolitan transportation system that facilitates the efficient, economic movement of people and goods."  In developing their plans and programs, MPOs must consider eight Federal planning factors:

  1. Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency.
  2. Increase the safety of the system for users of all modes of transportation.
  3. Raise the ability of the transportation system to support homeland security and to safeguard the security of users of all modes of transportation.
  4. Improve accessibility and mobility for people and freight.
  5. Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, between modes, for people and freight.
  6. (a) Protect and enhance the environment; (b) promote energy conservation; (c) improve the quality of life; and (d) promote consistency between transportation projects, and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns.
  7. Promote efficient operation and management of the system.
  8. Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.

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