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Federal highway and transit statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs, which have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments. Most of Oregon's population live and work in these regions, which drive the state economy. Therefore, the quality of metropolitan transportation infrastructure — highways, bridges, airports, transit systems, rail, and ports — is a primary factor in Oregon's economic competitiveness. ODOT works with the MPOs to prioritize transportation investment needs in each MPO area.

ODOT provides financial assistance through the Section 5303 program to assist MPOs with the planning activities required, including the transit element of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Public Transportation Division staff participate in planning reviews, and receive planning progress reports. MPO staff work with urban transit agencies to provide planning and technical assistance. The MPOs may use locally-controlled Surface Transportation Funds (STP) to finance the transit capital needs of the urban areas. MPOs assure that projects financed with FTA funds within the urbanized areas are included in the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program.

The federally designated MPOs are made up of large urban MPOs (population areas greater than 200,000): the Portland regional area, the Salem/Keizer area, and the Eugene/Springfield area; and small urban MPOs (population areas between 50,000 - 200,000): the Medford/Rogue Valley area, the Cities of Corvallis/Philomath, the City of Bend, Albany area, Middle Rogue, and Walla Walla Valley.

 

  MPOs in Oregon Jurisdictions / Agencies
  Bend City of Bend
  Central Lane Lane County, Lane Transit, cities of Coburg, Eugene, and Springfield, Lane Council of Governments
  Corvallis Area Benton County, City of Corvallis, Corvallis Transit District, Cascades West Council of Governments (CWCOG)
  Kelso-Longview-Rainier In Oregon, Columbia County, City of Rainier, Port of St. Helens
  Metro Metro, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, all incorporated cities in Portland metropolitan area, Tri-Met, SMART
  Rogue Valley Jackson County, cities of Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent, Medford Transit District, Rogue Valley COG (RVCOG)
  Salem-Keizer Area Marion and Polk counties, cities of Salem and Keizer, Turner, Salem Transit District, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments
  Albany Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) Cities of Albany, Jefferson, Millersburg, and Tangent as well as adjacent parts of Linn, Benton and Marion counties
  Middle Rogue Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) City of Gold Hill, City of Rogue River and portions of Jackson and Josephine counties
  Walla Walla Valley City of Milton-Freewater and a portion of Umatilla County
 
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