According to The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962 areas considered by the Federal Census to be urban in nature with a population of at least 50,000 must have a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3C”) transportaion planning process. In order to receive funding from the federal government in the state of North Carolina, this process is carried out by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). Members from each of the MPOs make up the North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NCAMPO). Currently, there are 19 MPOs in North Carolina.
The current North Carolina MPOs are:
The mission of NCAMPO is to positively affect policies and decision-making, to serve as a forum for communication, and to provide leadership in transportation planning.