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Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO)
137 West Market St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 434-6272

Glenn Berry, Planning Coordinator

Mary Butler, Project Manager

Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO)

The Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) is the regional transportation planning organization for our area. Our area includes Johnson City, Jonesborough, Elizabethton, a small portion of the town of Unicoi, as well as, parts of Washington and Carter counties classified as “urbanized” by the U.S. Census Bureau. Current federal law requires all urbanized areas over 50,000 to establish an MTPO to conduct “Continuous, Cooperative and Comprehensive (3Cs)” planning for transportation. The Johnson City MTPO was established in 1982 when the Johnson City Urbanized Area exceeded the 50,000 population threshold. Today the Johnson City Urbanized Area has an official population of 120,415 and is the largest urbanized area in Northeast Tennessee.

The MTPO is comprised of an Executive Board which has the authority to approve plans, funding, and the annual work program for the staff. The federal government provides at least 80 percent of all funding for the MTPO. Johnson City is the lead agency for the MTPO and provides 20 percent “matching funds.” For special projects, other jurisdictions provide the matching funds.

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