MAPA serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), or Transportation Management Area (TMA) for Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska and the western-most portion of Pottawattamie County (i.e., the area generally south of Crescent and Underwood and west of L-52). An MPO is an organization which forms policy on transportation issues and is mandated and funded by the federal government. The formation of an MPO is required for any urbanized area in the United States with a population greater than 50,000.
Federal transportation legislation requires MPOs to produce three primary work items:
Complete Streets Open House
Rank Top 3 Roadways for Transportation Planning
Proposed 2040 LRTP Amendment 4