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Video: Unlocking MPO Funding Tools to Support Sustainability

This video is from the August 14 webinar.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are critical sustainability partners and play an important role in planning and programming federal and state transportation funds. Current federal surface transportation legislation, referred to as MAP-21, includes several provisions that allow regions to advance sustainability projects such as transit-oriented development (TOD), bicycling and pedestrian trails, joint development, placemaking, and complete street policies, among other investments. This webinar explores provisions within federal transportation funding that regions can use now to begin implementing their sustainability plans. The mysteries behind acronyms such as CMAQ, STPP, TIP and TAP are revealed, including how these can each be used to support sustainability investments. Examples of MPOs utilizing the authority and flexibility within were shared, together with examples of how state and local funding are also being tapped to create additional resources for planning and implementation. In addition, Mariia Zimmerman from MZ Strategies, LLC, presents some findings from a forthcoming report by Enterprise Community Partners on using MAP-21 to support equitable TOD.


  • Mariia Zimmerman, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, VA
  • Dan Reuter, Atlanta Regional Commission, GA
  • James Cromar, Broward County MPO, FL
  • Paul Burns, Metropolitan Council's Livable Communities Program, MN
Below are links to PDF copies of the speaker slides used in the webinar.