MoDOT's many transportation partners, its relationship with
the MPOs is most formalized. Both MoDOT and the MPOs must
produce long-range transportation plans. There are many similarities
between state and regional long-range transportation plans
and ultimately they are meant to support each other. There
may be philosophical differences, but the state's investment
goals are similar to those found in MPO plans.
As the groups work
together, awareness of the similarities and differences is
Some of the similarities
- Both have focus areas or investment goals that form the
basis for decision-making.
- Both identify future needs and program funding.
- Both recognized the need to support all modes of transportation.
Among the differences
- The state must consider all kinds of development patterns
and all sizes of communities on a statewide basis. Regional
plans seldom have the statewide perspective and their consideration
of development patterns is based on their particular makeup,
e.g. urban, suburban, and rural.
- MoDOT's Long-Range Transportation Plan is not fiscally
constrained based on projected funding. It identifies needs
regardless of whether funds are available to address them.
The MPO's plans are fiscally constrained.
of MPOs Statewide
Transportation management areas are urbanized areas
with populations of 200,000 or more. Only St.
Louis, Kansas City and
meet this requirement. Federal requirements give metropolitan
planning organizations specific responsibilities concerning
transportation planning activities in these areas.
Because the relationship
between TMAs and state departments of transportation is formally
recognized in federal legislation and guided by federal regulations,
it is the most developed of MoDOT's affiliations with local
planning agencies. MoDOT and the TMAs will pursue ways to
improve their working relationships.
Small Metropolitan Planning
Federal legislation also recognizes the need to coordinate
transportation planning activities in urbanized areas with
populations of at least 50,000 but less than 200,000. Metropolitan
planning organizations in these smaller urban areas (St.
Joseph, Joplin, Jefferson City and Columbia) have many of the same responsibilities
as the TMAs, but their levels of authority and funding are
different. While these organizations also are guided by federal
regulations that have developed their areas of influence throughout
the years, their planning efforts continue to be developed.