Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statuses and regulations in all programs/activities and conducts its programs, services and activities in a non discriminatory manner.

The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process that is often referred to as the 3C process: continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive.  The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and some state transportation funds to programs and projects—roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian—which support the vision shared by all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County.

The work of the MPO is conducted by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission staff under the direction of the MPO.  The primary focus is to develop certification documents which include the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). 

The manner in which the MPO operates is outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the members and the state which was lasted updated in 2011.  Information on the delegates and alternates appointed to the MPO can be found by clicking here MPO Membership September 2016 and a map outling the subregions can be found here (MPO Subregions).

The success of the MPO is dependent upon a strong public involvement program collaborating with a wide range of interested parties on an ongoing basis.  The public participation plan outlines the procedures utilized by the MPO in the transportation planning process.

The MPO has also established the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) which serves as a standing advisory committee that provides for the involvement of local government officials, transportation professionals and other representatives of transportation providers, user groups, and other relevant interests. It is the intent of the MPO to have a TAC that provides a broad-based transportation planning perspective and is fully representative of the Berkshire regional community. Click here for (TAC Membership January 2015).