About Us

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MetroPlan Orlando is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties – the Orlando Urban Area.  As a regional MPO, MetroPlan Orlando provides the forum for local elected officials, their staff, citizens, and industry experts to work together to improve transportation in Central Florida. 

A key responsibility under federal law is the development of a long range transportation plan for the region.  The process begins with a vision and mission.

Vision

A regional transportation system that safely and efficiently moves people and goods through a variety of options that support the region’s vitality

Mission

To provide leadership in transportation planning by engaging the public and fostering effective partnerships

The MetroPlan Orlando Board is ultimately responsible for implementing transportation plans.  With 25 members, the MetroPlan Orlando Board includes representation from three counties, the largest cities in the region, officials from transportation operating agencies and representatives from several advisory committees.  This composition provides an inclusive and deliberative planning process to determine how federal and state transportation dollars are spent in the three-county area.

Our History

Transportation planning received its principal thrust in urban areas across the nation as a result of the 1962 Federal Aid Highway Act. This act specified that certain studies and planning efforts were required of all urban areas containing a central city with a population of 50,000 or more people. The new transportation planning process was to follow "3C" federal guidelines: Continuing, Comprehensive and Coordinated.

The Orlando Urban Area Transportation Study began in 1965 under the guidelines of the 1962 Federal Aid Highway Act. Due to the rapid rate of growth in the Orlando urban area, the original transportation study developed in 1965 has been updated several times to reflect the area's population explosion. The Orlando Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was formally created in 1977 to specifically study the transportation issues that affect the Central Florida area and to oversee the development of an effective regional transportation system.

In August of 1997, the Orlando Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization changed its name to MetroPlan Orlando to stress the importance of regional cooperation and to strive for excellence in planning a balanced transportation system.