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While metropolitan planning organizations generally adhere to the same federal laws and guidance, each MPO works within a unique framework of state, environmental, resource, and political contexts. External forces of changing technologies, economics, culture, and demographics are creating a formidable array of challenges for MPOs in the coming years. Over 100 MPOs participated in this project, which included an extensive literature review, surveys, and input sessions (both MPO Roundtables and nationwide Information Forums).

The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Research Report 1002: Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Strategies for Future Success delivers a toolkit of strategies for addressing 12 key topics that will facilitate the future success of MPOs throughout the United States.

Supplemental to the report are a video series on success strategies and a searchable MPO Innovation Database of best practices.


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Strategies for Future Success. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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