A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization that is made up of representatives from the local government and local transportation authorities. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 passed by the United States Congress required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs go through the MPO’s planning process. The MPO uses a (3-C) continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process to ensure that funds are spent appropriately and that plans reflect a shared vision of the future of transportation for our area.
The Abilene Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the regional transportation planning agency responsible for working with local, state, and federal agencies along with many community partners, transportation providers, and citizens. The goal is to accomplish regional planning under one voice, which will provide the greatest benefit while at the same time reflecting the concerns of the communities within the study area.
The study area includes the Cities of Abilene, Impact, and Tye, the communities of Caps, Elmdale, Hamby, and Potosi, some rural areas in Taylor County adjacent to the Abilene city limits plus the entire Lake Fort Phantom area in the southeastern corner of Jones County. The U.S. Census Bureau shows the Abilene area covers 110.6 square miles. The 2010 Census reported the population of Abilene was 117,063 and the current population of the entire MPO area is approximately 125,000.