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What is an MPO?

A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an association of local governments in areas with a collective population of 50,000 or more. Per US Code, Title 23,  MPOs are in charge of transportation planning and programming for their Urbanized Areas.

Major responsibilities of the MPOs are:
1) Development of a long range transportation plan (20 Years) for the Urbanized Area;
2) Development of a 3-year Transportation Improvement Program, and;
3) Development of a Unified Planning Work Program. These documents are developed in cooperation with the State Department of Transportation and consistent with the adopted goals of the community.

Currently there are eight MPOs in the State of Oregon, as designated by the Govenor.  These inlcude MPOs representing the Portland Metro area, Eugene-Springfield, Salem-Keizer, Medford, Corvallis and Bend.  Also inlcuded are two new MPOs which were formed following the 2010 US Census, covering the Albany and Grants Pass metro areas. 

Two Oregon cities are also part of bi-state MPOs based in Washington;  these cities are Rainier (part of the Kelso-Longview MPO) and Walla Walla (part of the Walla Walla Valley MPO).

What is the Corvallis Area MPO?

According to the results of the 2000 US Census, the population of the Corvallis Urbanized Area was 58,229. The Corvallis Urbanized Area consists of the cities of Corvallis, Philomath, Adair Village and the densely populated portions of Benton County adjacent to those cities. In December 2002 the Oregon Governor, in accordance with federal regulations, designated the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) as a newly formed MPO in the State of Oregon. There are currently 6 of such organizations in Oregon, Portland Metro, Eugene-Springfield, Salem-Keizer, Medford, Corvallis and Bend.

How does the MPO affect you?

The Corvallis Area MPO works with the general public, planning organizations, government agencies, elected officials, and community groups to develop transportation plans. When a project is being developed, your input is important to ensure local transportation issues are addressed and the desires of the community are heard.

How can I become involved in the planning process?

Public participation is an important part of all CAMPO planning efforts.  Special public meetings are held during all planning processes, including the development of the annual Unified Planning Work Program, bi-annual Transportation Improvement Program and long range Regional Transportation Plan.  CAMPO has developed a Public Participation Plan and a Title VI Plan to help guide its public participation efforts.

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What is the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)?

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a federally required long-term planning document listing the transportation improvements and policies to be implemented in the MPO area. The RTP is updated at least every four years and must cover at least the next twenty years.  The CAMPO Policy Board adopted the 2035 RTP in 2012, called the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan: Destination 2035.

What is the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)?

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-range capital improvement program that enumerates priority transportation projects in the Corvallis Metropolitan Area for funding. The TIP encompasses a period of four fiscal years (FY) and is updated every two years. The fiscal years in the TIP are federal fiscal years that begin on October 1st of previous year and end on September 30th.

The TIP development process relies upon building consensus among federal, state and local agencies on funding priorities of near term transportation projects. These projects may range from improving highways to adding bicycle lanes on a major urban street; funding transit to preserving existing roads.

After the TIP document is completed and approved, it is incorporated into Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Projects are then eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Transportation.

What is the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)?

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a federally required annual statement of work, or business plan, identifying activities to be carried out by the Corvallis Area MPO.