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Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCATS)

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A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and transportation authorities. In 1962, the United States Congress passed legislation that required the formation of an MPO for any Urbanized Area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (“3-C”) planning process. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. 

The Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCATS) is Benton Harbor-St. Joseph urbanized area, as designated by the United States Census.

TwinCATS has two committees, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Policy Committee.  These two committees work cooperatively to make transportation related decisions for the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph urbanized area.  The Committees are made up of local representatives, transit providers, citizen reps, and elected officials from the TwinCATS member municipalities listed above.  Also on these Committees are representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 


facebook_logo.jpgMeetings are open to the public and are a place for you to come and voice your opinion.  For more information on how to be involved, see the calendar of events page or the meeting information page for more details, or send an email to manig@swmpc.org to be added to the TwinCATS email list.  Visit the Participation Page for more ideas on how to participate.

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The Twin Cities Area Transportation Study encompasses 12 jurisdictions located in Berrien County, these municipalities are:


This page last updated on 9/18/2014.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  Email: swmpc@swmpc.org

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