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). Federal transportation legislation requires MPOs to produce three primary work items:
Other MAPA transportation activities include the Congestion Management Process (CMP), Coordinated Public Transit and Human Services Plan and Stakeholders Committee, air quality, and freight and goods movement. MAPA also serves as the forum for the Iowa Regional Planning Affiliation - Region 18 (RPA-18).
MAPA is responsible for a Public Participation Plan that guides efforts to solicit public input into the transportation planning process. In these transportation planning activities, MAPA coordinates with the Nebraska Department of Roads, Iowa Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway and Transit Administrations (FHWA/FTA), local governments, and others. Through the transportation planning process, MAPA aims to create a collaborative process that properly plans for an efficient and comprehensive transportation system in the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.