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An MPO is a transportation-planning body composed of locally-elected officials and representatives from state and local transportation agencies for urbanized areas with populations greater than 50,000. The MPO was created to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs are based on a comprehensive, cooperative and continuing (3-C) planning process.
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The Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission (N.A.R.T.P.C.) serves as the official Metropolitan Planning Organization for the cities of Bay, Bono, Brookland, Jonesboro and some unincorporated parts of Craighead County.
The MPO is responsible for planning and developing a safe, efficient, and multimodal transportation system for the region. Major work activities of the MPO include development and maintenance of the following:
80% of the MPO is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Arkansas Department of Transportation.