Welcome to the Home of the Walla Walla Valley
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Check out our site for information on transportation planning activities in the Walla Walla Valley region.
- Learn more about the WWVMPO/SRTPO
- Find transportation planning documents
- Find maps for the region about various population groups
- Interested in getting involved? Go here for more information
Transportation Planning Overview
What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization?
MPOs exist in every state in the U.S. A new MPO is formed by federal mandate when an urbanized area reaches a population of more than 50,000. MPO staff are responsible for ensuring that federal spending on multi-modal transportation occurs through a comprehensive, cooperative and continuing (3-C) process. Representatives from city, county and state government agencies and local transit providers participate in MPO activities. They are responsible for planning and prioritizing transportation projects receiving federal funding. Highway planning and transit planning federal funds are distributed by the state DOT to each MPO, and funding also comes from state matches and local contributions.
What is a Regional Transportation Planning Organization?
An RTPO is formed through state legislation as part of the Growth Management Act to ensure local and regional coordination of transportation planning within counties. There are RTPOs covering almost all of the counties in Washington. In addition to city, county and state agencies and local transit providers, representatives in the RTPO can include ports, tribes, transportation service providers and private employers. Funding is provided through state transportation planning money to cover both urban and rural areas. The planning functions and requirements of an MPO and an RTPO are intended to be complementary.