The Missoula MPO provides regional transportation planning services focused on creating a safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation network that will improve the quality of life within our community. The provision of reliable access to employment, education, recreation, social and cultural activities, healthcare, and shopping plays an integral role in the region’s social, economic, and environmental vitality. Our data-driven plans seek to enhance reliability by guiding regional transportation improvements in ways that promote the goals of our community and enhance travel conditions and opportunities for users of all modes. Comprehensive and coordinated planning will provide effective policy and infrastructure that prepares us for future growth in our region. Follow these links to access our plans and programs.
The Planning Section of the Transportation Division acts as staff to the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a regional transportation planning body for the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) that includes the City of Missoula and the adjacent urban areas of Missoula County.
The mission of the MPO is to plan and program a safe and efficient transportation system for the Missoula area that increases access and mobility through multimodal options.
Federal transportation planning law requires formation of MPOs for all urban areas with a population greater than 50,000 residents. Missoula’s MPO was designated in 1982 through an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). The agreement established the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to act as the governing body for the MPO and its associated staff. The agreement further established the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) to provide technical advice to the TPCC and technical direction to the transportation planning process.
Under the direction of the TPCC, the MPO is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning process required for the region by 23 CFR 450. Specific MPO responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Conducting a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated (“3-Cs”) transportation planning program for the region;
Providing for the transportation planning needs of state and local agencies and to assist these agencies in securing federal funds for the region;
Encouraging cooperation among all levels of government;
Providing information for government agencies and public and private sector organizations; and
Ensuring the development and implementation of a fully integrated multimodal transportation plan which meets all federal mandates.
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The Public Participation Plan (PPP) describes the MPO’s typical processes, timelines, and public notification and participation requirements associated with the development of transportation planning documents. The PPP is designed to ensure a proactive public involvement process that guarantees the opportunity for the public to be involved in all phases of the planning process by providing complete information, timely public notice, opportunities for making comments, full access to key decisions, and early and continuing involvement in developing transportation plans and programs.