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Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 created the requirement for urban transportation planning, largely in response to the construction of the Interstate Highway System and the planning of routes through and around urban areas. This was the first legislative mandate requiring planning as a condition to receiving federal transportation funds. The Act required that transportation projects in urbanized areas of 50,000 or more in population be based on a continuing, comprehensive transportation planning process undertaken cooperatively by the states and local governments – also known as the “3C” (continuing, comprehensive and cooperative) planning process.

At the time, qualified planning agencies were lacking in many urban areas. Therefore, the Bureau of Public Roads (predecessor to the Federal Highway Administration) required the creation of entities that would be capable of carrying out the required transportation planning process. Hence, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) quickly came into being due to the rapid growth of the highway system and the federal financing of the planning process.

Later transportation legislation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), its 1998 successor, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and most recently in 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), strengthened the role of MPOs, required stakeholder involvement, encouraged a multi-modal approach to transportation planning and identified specific “planning factors” which are the foundation for the goals and objectives of this plan.

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Current Planning Initiatives
Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update

Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study

4th Street Construction Project

Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study

Bicycle Planning

Recent Plans and Studies
Connnections 2040: The Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportaton Plan

Grand Ave/State Hwy 23 Corridor Study

Superior South End Traffic Study

Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study for the Duluth Area

Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Study

DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis

Duluth Sidewalk Study

Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map

Central Entrance Corridor Study

Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan

Transportation Systems Management (TSM)

N Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Freight Plan

UMD-CSS Transportation Study

East 2nd Street Corridor Study (Superior)

DTA Route Analysis for the City of Superior

Downtown Modal Connections Study

Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update 2008

Endion Land Use and Transportation Study

Safe Routes To School Funding Applications

Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Plan

Proctor Master Trail Plan

Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector

Erie Pier Management Plan

Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Plan

MnDOT Functional Classification Update

Public Involvement Plan

Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study

Duluth and Superior Safe Routes to School Plans

Duluth Urban Area Growth Impact Study

Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan