Frequently Asked Questions
Why Metropolitan Planning?
In May of 2002 the US Census Bureau, in the Federal Register issued designations of urbanized areas (UZA) and urban clusters (UC) based on the 2000 Census. The Jefferson City, Holts Summit, Lake Mykee, and St. Martins area, along with portions of Cole and Callaway Counties were designated as the Jefferson City Urbanized Area. In 2013 the planning area was expanded to include Taos and Wardsville.
Metropolitan transportation planning is the process of examining travel and transportation issues and needs in metropolitan areas. It includes a demographic analysis of the community in question, as well as an examination of travel patterns and trends. The planning process includes an analysis of alternatives to meet projected future demands, and for providing a safe and efficient transportation system that meets mobility while not creating adverse impacts to the environment. In metropolitan areas over 50,000 population, the responsibility for transportation planning lies with designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).
Federal Law (23 USC 450.310(a)) requires the creation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization by agreement between the Governor and local governments comprising at least 75% of the population.
How is CAMPO Governed?
The work of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is supported by two important committees: the technical planning committee, referred to as the Technical Committee, and the policy committee, referred to as the Board of Directors.
The CAMPO policy committee is the Board of Directors, consisting of elected representatives and city staff from cities, towns, and counties that make up the MPO as well as the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The Board of Directors is responsible for providing official action on committee recommendations, plans and documents, review and adoption of transportation plans, Transportation Improvement Programs, work programs, changes to MPO boundaries, MPO representation and bylaws, and oversight of the organization.
For more information, please to read the Bylaws and the Memorandum of Understanding on the CAMPO Plans & Publications page.
To see the function, members, and agendas for both the Technical Committee and Board of Directors.
Formation of the MPO
As a result of being designated an urbanized area, in March-April 2003, a Memorandum of Understanding Between Participating Jurisdictions for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was signed by local jurisdictions, and subsequently approved May 7, 2003, thus forming CAMPO.
This MOU agreement outlines the establishment of the MPO, procedures to be followed, defines voting members of the Board of Directors, establishes financial obligations of members, establishment of procedures and bylaws and addresses other issues related to the operations of the MPO. One section provides for the creation of others committees. The Technical Committee is one such committee, it is made up of transportation professionals who analyze issues from a technical perspective and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Purpose of MPO
The MPO is to provide coordinated transportation planning for the entire Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) as outlined in Federal Law (23 USC 450.300). CAMPO’s primary function is to implement and support cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing transportation planning as outlined in federal transportation acts. Specifically, CAMPO is responsible for multimodal transportation planning that includes:
Bicycle and pedestrian trails, routes, and greenways
Boats, water transportation, and intermodal facilities
Public transit, and paratransit services
Automobile and truck transportation, passenger and freight
Trains, passenger and freight
Access and mobility
What the MPO Does
The City of Jefferson acts as the administrator for CAMPO and provides staff support for tasks outlined in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP is an annual document outlining tasks to be performed in the upcoming year, as required to fulfill the obligations of the MPO. The UPWP contains the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, of which 80% of the funding comes from Federal Funds with a 20% match provided by MPO member jurisdictions. The UPWP is approved by MoDOT, FHWA and FTA.
In carrying out the transportation planning process a long range, not less than 20 year, Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is developed. The MTP includes both long-range and short-range strategies/actions that lead to the development of an integrated multimodal transportation system to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in addressing current and future transportation demand.
Specific transportation projects are listed in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), in order to be considered for FHWA and FTA Federal funds. Capital and non-capital surface transportation projects within the MPA include: Transportation Enhancements, safety projects, trails projects, pedestrian walkways and bicycle facilities. The TIP covers five years and is updated every year. The TIP is approved by the Governor.