Under current federal law, locally elected officials in metropolitan regions of 50,000 people or greater are required to plan for transportation in their regions through a designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO). MPOs are responsible for the continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process for their urbanized area. In addition, several states have codified a non-metropolitan planning organization that plans for the future of transportation assets in those regions. NARC represents these organizations and their elected and appointed officials through research, professional development, technical assistance, and advocacy.

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Press Release: National Organizations Call for Federal Transportation Funding to Meet Local Needs

The five organizations that signed a joint letter last week calling on Congress to provide additional transportation funding to local governments release a joint press release today highlighting the letter’s importance. The organizations that signed the letter are: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations National Association of Counties National Association of Regional Councils National League of […]

NARC Calls on Congress to Increase Local Transportation Funding

Yesterday, NARC joined the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors on a letter calling for Congressional transportation leaders to direct a greater share of available federal transportation funds to local governments and their regional agencies. Cities, counties, and townships own 78 percent […]

Senator Boxer Wants Lame Duck Action on Transportation

Though Congress recently extended the most recent transportation authorization bill through the end of May 2015, likely pushing action off for the new Congress that will be seated next year, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) urging action well in advance of this […]

NLC & USCM Submit Letter on Transit MPO Representation to FTA Docket

October 2, 2014: The National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to the Federal Transit Administration Docket regarding the representation of public transportation providers on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Both organizations believe that most MPOs already meet the intent of MAP-21 regarding transit representation and that the […]

NARC Submits Comments on Proposed Metropolitan Planning Rule: Additionally, NARC and AMPO Submit Jointly Developed Comments

Washington, DC (October 2, 2014) – Today, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) submitted final comments to the docket on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning; Metropolitan Planning. This proposed rule – issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – is extremely important […]

TIGER Grant Awards Announced: Includes More Than $31 Million in Planning Grants

Washington, DC (September 12, 2014) – Today, The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced the recipients of 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants worth $584 million for 72 transportation projects. Of the 72 grant awards, there are 31 planning awards in 25 states including D.C. totaling $31,652,139. Of the four planning awards […]

NARC Signs Freight Alliance Letter Supporting Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, an alliance of 18 shipping and transportation provider/planning groups, released a platform of nine principles for consideration in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation. The letter indicates support for a strong federal role in transportation programs to maintain interstate and foreign commerce and develop a more competitive freight network. The next […]

NARC and AMPO Release Member Survey Results: MPOs Polled for Reaction to Change in Board Structure

Washington, DC (September 4, 2014) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) – the national associations that represent the nation’s Metropolitan Planning Associations (MPOs) – today released the results of a survey conducted of the groups’ members. The purpose of the survey was to solicit MPO […]

NARC Requests Extension of Comment Period for Planning Rule

On August 20, NARC sent a letter to Gregory G. Nadeau, Acting Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), requesting a two-week extension of the comment period for the FHWA and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning. Click HERE to read the letter.

Highway Trust Fund Patch Clears Congress: Bill Goes to President for Signature

Washington, DC (August 1, 2014) –With a vote of 81-13, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to provide a $10.8 billion funding patch for the nation’s Highway Trust Fund (HTF) late last night – the fifth patch since 2008. The bill will keep the HTF solvent through May or June of 2015, and the transportation […]


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