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DOT/FHWA RIN: 2125-AF75 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: +Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform 

This rulemaking would revise the transportation planning regulations by removing the provisions requiring that boundaries of metropolitan planning areas (MPA) include an urbanized area in its entirety and include the contiguous area expected to become urbanized within a 20-year forecast period for the metropolitan transportation plan. This rulemaking would also remove requirements for metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) to merge, create unified transportation planning products, or petition the Secretary for an exemption when there is more than one MPO in an MPA. These provisions were repealed by statute on May 12, 2017 (Pub. L. 115-33, 131 Stat. 845. This rulemaking would remove the language from the CFR. This repeal would result in cost savings and reduce burdens for regulatory compliance.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 23 CFR 450    49 CFR 613   
Legal Authority: 23 U.S.C. 134, 135, and 315    42 U.S.C. 7410 et seq.    49 U.S.C. 5303 and 5304    49    Pub. L. 115-33    131 Stat. 845   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  11/00/2017 
Additional Information: Congress repealed the MPO Coordination Rule on 5/12/17 at Pub .L. 115-33, 131 Stat. 845.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: DOT/FTA; 
Agency Contact:
Harlan Miller
Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590