Metropolitan Planning Organization

A Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, is a transportation policy-making board made up of representatives from local government and transportation agencies. The Erie MPO has twenty-three voting members that represent all of Erie County.


The authority meets quarterly. Meetings are open to the public.

Technical Advisory Committee:

This committee meets at 10:00 a.m. at The Summit Township Municipal Building, first floor conference room, 1230 Townhall Road W., and adjourns by noon.

Coordinating Committee:

This committee meets at 10:00 a.m. at the Intermodal Transportation Center, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway, and adjourns by noon.

Coordinating and Technical Advisory Committee meeting notices/agendas will also be emailed to all Erie MPO voting members, alternates and interested area stakeholders prior to each meeting. To be placed on the email list or to request previous meeting minutes and materials, please email or call 814-451-6336.

Annual Obligation Report

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act enacted by US Congress in 2015 requires all MPO’s to publish for public view, an annual listing of projects for which federal funds have been obligated (49 USC Chapter 53, Section 5303). What are project obligations? In order to begin work on any phase of a transportation project, the funds specified for the project must be obligated. This means that the money is set aside for that particular project and associated phases. Work can then be charged to the project, including design expenses, construction, and payroll costs for local or state employees working on the project.

Annual Reports for Download

Erie MPO Duties

There are five core functions of the Erie MPO:

  • Establish a setting. Establish and manage a fair and impartial setting for effective regional decision making in the county.
  • Identify and evaluate alternative transportation improvement options. Use data and planning methods to generate and evaluate alternatives. Planning studies and evaluations are included in the Unified Planning Work Program.
  • Prepare and maintain the Erie County Long Range Transportation Plan. Develop and update a long-range transportation plan for Erie County covering a planning horizon of at least 20 years.
  • Develop the Erie County Transportation Improvement Program. Develop a short-range, four-year program of transportation improvements based on the long-range transportation plan.
  • Involve the public. Involve the general public and other affected stakeholders in the four essential functions listed above.

In accordance with federal regulations, the Erie MPO is required to carry out transportation planning in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and with the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Erie MPO Membership

From an organizational perspective, there is no required structure for an MPO. The Erie MPO’s structure is determined by the Erie MPO Bylaws.

The MPO is composed of two standing committees:

Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development staff serve the Erie MPO committees by preparing documents, fostering interagency coordination, facilitating public input and feedback, and managing the planning process. Staff also provide the committees with technical assessments and evaluations of proposed transportation initiatives. The Department of Planning and Community Development may also contract with consultants to generate needed data and perform studies and assessments outside the staffing capacity of the department.

How You Can Get Involved

Residents interested in contacting the Erie MPO or taking part in the transportation planning process should contact the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development at 814-451-7325. As the administrating agency for the Erie MPO, the Department of Planning and Community Development is the primary contact for all questions and comments regarding the MPO and the planning process. You could ask to be added to the Erie MPO email list.

You could also contact your local Erie MPO representative. The membership of the Erie MPO is mostly made up of local elected officials and municipal professionals. Even municipalities that are not directly represented on the MPO are represented through either the Erie County Association of Boroughs or the Erie County Association of Township Officials.

Residents are also welcome to attend an Erie MPO Coordinating Committee meeting. All meetings are open to the public, and every meeting has time on the agenda reserved for public comments.

Unified Planning Work Program

This document describes the transportation planning activities that will be undertaken in Erie County from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022.