The Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission (N.A.R.T.P.C.) serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region. An MPO is a transportation-planning body composed of locally-elected officials and representatives from state and local transportation agencies. The MPO's planning area includes the cities of Bay, Bono, Brookland, Jonesboro, and some unincorporated portions of Craighead County. The primary objective of the MPO is to prepare consesus-driven, fiscally-constrained plans for the development of a safe, efficient, and multi-modal regional transportation system.
The MPO is charged with a variety of duties related to transportation planning and its major work activities include the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and the Public Participation Plan (PPP).
The two-committee organizational structure of N.A.R.T.P.C. consists of the Transportation Policy Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee. The Transportation Policy Committee is the policy making governing body and provides a forum for cooperative decision-making for the transportation planning process. The Technical Advisory Committee assists the Transportation Policy Committee in the decision making process.
The MPO Director and Staff are responsible to the Transportation Policy Committee. A majority of the technical and administrative activities dealing with the conduct of the MPO are accomplished by the MPO Director and Staff. Technical support for MPO activities is provided by the Planning and Research Division and District 10 of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) by virtue of representation on the Technical Advisory Committee and the Transportation Policy Committee.