23 USC 134 "Designation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations" uses the
Census Bureau definition of urbanized areas for determination of MPOs and
TMAs. This is why we have tried to keep everyone informed about the Census
Bureau's proposed revisions to the criteria for defining Urbanized Areas and
Urban Clusters. The Census Bureau received a lot of comments to their Fed Reg
notice(s), and will publish the final criteria in January.
The Census Bureau still plans to publish a list of urbanized areas (and the
population for the UAs) in mid-March 2002.
FHWA and FTA intend to use these new UAs for FY2003 fund apportionment. (this
information was conveyed in the Dec 21, 2000 memo signed by Cindy Burbank and
Everyone should keep in mind that the urbanized area is NOT the same as the
metropolitan planning area, as the planning area should "encompass at least
the existing urbanized area and the contiguous area expected to become
urbanized within a 20-year forecast period, and may encompass the entire
metropolitan statistical area...as defined by the Bureau of the Census."
>> millef1(a)mail.modot.state.mo.us 12/07/01 16:54
I have heard that FHWA is putting a decision on hold on how it will use the
urbanized area definiton for HPMS data.
Has there been any change in the proposed use of the definition in the
designation of MPOs and TMAs?
Frank O. Miller, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
Missouri Department of Transportation - District 8