The primary work of the MPO is structured through the long range transportation planning process, the Unified Planning Work Program, and the Transportation Improvement Program. Click on the links in the menu to the left to access these programs.
Organization and Mandate
The Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) was organized in 1971 and is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Pueblo area as required by Title 23 of federal statutes. Responsibility for carrying out the “continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated” (“3C”) transportation planning process rests jointly with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and PACOG. In practice, PACOG transportation planning activities are carried out by the Urban Transportation Planning Division, which may use the resources of the City of Pueblo Departments of Transportation or Community Development, Pueblo County Departments of Planning and Public Works, and various external consulting firms, as needed. Contracts and agreements for the administration of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) funds are executed by CDOT and PACOG based on the program objectives of the current Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and implemented by the Urban Transportation Planning Division as authorized and directed by the PACOG Board of Directors.
The 3C Planning Process
The "3C" planning process in Pueblo is designed to provide for joint agency participation with centralized program control and direction. Technical activities are coordinated through PACOG’s Urban Transportation Planning Division by delegation agreements and contracts between PACOG and the City of Pueblo. The general objectives of the UPWP are to:
- Assist all participating agencies in achieving applicable comprehensive planning goals and in fulfilling the statutory requirements of the reauthorization of the federal SAFETEA-LU legislation.
Assist all local agencies in fulfilling their continuing responsibilities to the community, including, but not limited to:
- Reviewing projects receiving Federal funds as provided for in Section 302 of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1964; Title VI of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968; and Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
- Using the products of the transportation planning process as a major contribution to other comprehensive planning activities, and providing the mechanisms for the continued integration of transportation planning with land use and other comprehensive planning.
- Updating and revising basic transportation planning, regional socioeconomic, and transportation system operating data using applicable GIS, or other technologies, for these systems.
- Modifying developed plans and programs as warranted by changes in travel patterns or urban conditions, and translating plans into action programs for project implementation.
- Carry out specific transportation planning functions required for the continued certification of the Pueblo area urban transportation planning process including the biannual development and annual refinement of the UPWP, the biannual development of the TIP, and an update of the Long Range Transportation Plan every three years.
These program implementation objectives will be reached through the successful and timely completion of scheduled FY 2006-2007 work tasks in each of the program areas.
The links below describe policy guidance for the MPO's programs and plans.