MPO Policies & Procedures
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission was designated by the Governor as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in 1973, responsible for fulfilling all federally required transportation planning requirements in the Lansing-East Lansing Metropolitan area throughout Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties in the state of Michigan. Federal funding for transportation projects throughout the three counties are channeled through Tri-County. Learn more about our role as the MPO for the tri-county region here.
Federally required processes and analyses that are specific to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), such as Environmental Justice and Air Conformity, are included in their respective documents.
Additional agency-wide policies and publications, such as financial and operating procedures, may be viewed in the Projects & Documents Library.
Agreements & Memoranda of Understanding
Tri-County maintains a variety of agreements with public transit providers in the region and the Michigan Department of Transportation to define agency responsibilities and ensure a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3-C) transportation planning process.
Transportation Planning Responsibilities MOU - Regional Transit Agencies & TCRPC (signed May 2018; effective April 2018)
MDOT & TCRPC MPO Master Agreement (signed May 2017; effective October 2017-September 2020)
MDOT & TCRPC MPO Master Agreement – Amendment (Expiration Extension) (signed September 2020; effective October 2017-September 2022)
MDOT & TCRPC Regional Master Agreement (signed July 2020; effective October 2020-September 2023)
MDOT & TCRPC Travel Demand Modeling Memorandum of Understanding (signed March 2021; effective January 2017)
Public Participation Plan
Tri-County's Public Participation Plan (PPP) describes the ways in which the agency will engage the public when developing the PPP, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), among other transportation planning documents and programs.
Stakeholder Engagement Process (Consultation)
Tri-County's Stakeholder Engagement Process, which serves as the MPO Consultation Process, works to:
Minimize conflicts between transportation plans and projects with other agencies’ plans, projects, programs, or policies
Gather and consider input from stakeholder groups that may be impacted by transportation priorities and specific infrastructure and mobility projects
Mitigate negative impacts to sensitive environmental, cultural, economic, and other resources
Meet federal requirements to consult and coordinate with agencies and officials responsible for other planning activities that are affected by transportation
Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan
Tri-County maintains a Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan to assure that services, programs, and activities are offered, conducted, and administered fairly without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability of participants or beneficiaries.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan
Tri-County maintains a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan to ensure accessibility to programs and services to persons who are not proficient in the English language.
Regional & Unified Planning Work Programs
As the region’s MPO, Tri-County develops a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) in cooperation with the state and public transportation operators that identifies urban area transportation planning activities (including the responsible agency, schedule of work, resulting products, and proposed funding sources) for the upcoming fiscal year.
Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) complete a review of the transportation planning process in the Lansing-East Lansing metropolitan area to determine if the planning process conducted by the MPO - and local road agencies, State, and transit operators - meets the federal transportation planning requirements, which are prerequisites to the advancement of federal transportation projects in urbanized areas.
MPO Planning Area Boundary
Federal rules require the designation of MPOs in urbanized areas of 50,000 or more in population as a condition for spending federal highway and transit funds. The Planning Area Boundary is the area within which the federal metropolitan transportation planning and programming requirements apply.