ITD Public Involvement MPOs

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs)

A Metropolitan Planning Organization, commonly referred to as an MPO, is an association of local agencies that coordinate transportation planning and development activities within a metropolitan area. Establishment of an MPO is required by law in urban areas with populations of more than 50,000 in order for the area to use federal transportation funding. MPOs are designed to ensure coordination and cooperation among the various jurisdictions that oversee transportation within the urban area.

MPO decision-making is guided by:
  1. A policy board, generally comprised of local elected officials and public agency officials who administer or operate major modes of transportation, and
  2. A technical advisory group of professional planners and engineers who are often employees of the same agencies.
An MPO is not a level of government; however, the MPO has effective control over transportation improvements within the area since a project must be a part of the MPO's adopted long-range plan and be placed in their Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) in order to receive federal funding.

MPOs in Idaho
Bannock Planning Organization (BPO)
Mori Byington, Director
P.O. Box 6129
214 E. Center
Pocatello, ID 83205
(208) 233-9322

Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO)
Darrell West, Director
1810 W. Broadway, Suite 15
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 612-8530

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS)
Matt Stoll, Executive Director
800 S. Industry Way, Suite 100
Meridian, Idaho 83642
(208) 855-2558

Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO)
Glenn Miles, Transportation Manager
250 Northwest Blvd. Suite 209
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 930-4164

Lewis-Clark Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (LCVMPO)
Shannon Grow, Director
P. O. Box 759
Asotin, WA 99402
(208) 553-7506