Public Participation

MRMPO has an overarching goal of providing effective outreach to engage as many members of the public and stakeholders as possible in the regional long-range transportation planning process, putting particular focus on reaching out to populations underrepresented in the planning process (e.g., low-income, minority, and young adults). To help accomplish the goal, MRMPO continually assesses and refines its outreach approach and methods as needed. The objectives of MRMPO’s public participation activities are to increase engagement through new methods, to increase efforts to reach underrepresented groups, and to put more effort to going where people are as opposed to having them come to where we are. 

public participation goals graphicMRMPO strives to provide clear and thorough information to the public, to solicit as much feedback and comment from the broadest cross-section of the public possible, and to increase awareness of MRMPO as the coordinating body for the regional long-range transportation planning process that must be continual, comprehensive, and cooperative (the “3C Process”).

Actively listening to participants in the transportation planning process is a priority of the organization. In outreach efforts, MRMPO’s focus has shifted from presenting information to gathering information, opinions, thoughts and ideas from the public, agency members, and stakeholders, and integrating that feedback where possible.

pdfRead MRMPO's Public Participation Prodedures (2018)

Watch MRMPO’s videos about what an MPO is and the regional transportation planning process.

Public Outreach for the Connections 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

MRMPO develops a long-range transportation plan for the region called the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, or MTP. This plan is updated every five years. The current plan is the Futures 2040 MTP.

The MTP update, Connections 2040, will be officially kicking off in October. There will be three public meetings around the region where the public can come learn about the MTP and what is in store with Connections 2040 as well as share their thoughts and concerns on transportation in the region. 

Public Meetings

Below is information on the public meetings. Please join us!

In addition, there will be a kick-off meeting for agency staff at MRCOG on Friday, November 2nd, from 12-1pm in the MRCOG Board Room.

Take Our Questionnaire

MRMPO has developed a questionnaire as an additional way of gathering people's views on transportation. Please take a few moments to participate! Feedback will help guide the development of Connections 2040.

Take the questionnaire!

Between now and October, MRMPO staff will be attending community events to help get the word out about the MTP update, the upcoming public meetings, and the questionnaire. If there is a community event in your neck of the woods that you think would be a good place for MRMPO to distribute information, or if you would like MRMPO to present to your group, please contact Tara Cok at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Ways to Provide Feedback

In addition to the survey, if you have any thoughts or comments about transportation in our region, you can send that via email anytime to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ways to Stay Informed on MRMPO’s Activities and the MTP Update

Contact: Tara Cok (505-724-3627 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)