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Programming for Operations: MPO Examples of Prioritizing and Funding Transportation Systems Management & Operations Strategies


The findings in this document are based on case study research on funding for TSMO activities at nine MPOs. Research included a review of programming documents (TIP, UPWP) and 45- to 60-minute semi-structured telephone interviews with case study subjects in the selected agencies. MPOs were identified based upon their level of advancement in planning for operations. MPOs with more developed efforts on planning for operations and performance-based planning were selected for further inquiry. Geographic diversity, population size of the metropolitan area, and air quality attainment status were also considered. The selected agencies are listed below:

Table 2. MPOs Selected for Research.
Agency Primary City or Cities Regional Population
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Denver, Colorado 2.8 million
Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) Rochester, New York 1.2 million
Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Phoenix, Arizona 3.8 million
MetroPlan Orlando Orlando, Florida 1.8 million
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 6.4 million
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Colorado Springs, Colorado 684,000
Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Seattle, Washington 3.7 million
Portland Metro Portland, Oregon 1.9 million
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) San Diego, California 3.1 million
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