Who We Are


The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Memphis MPO), created in 1977, is responsible for the transportation policy development, planning, and programming for the counties of Shelby and Fayette, Tennessee, and DeSoto and Marshall Counties, Mississippi. The MPO planning boundary covers all of Shelby County, Tennessee and DeSoto County, Mississippi and portions of Fayette County, Tennessee and Marshall County, Mississippi.  Federal Regulations require that a MPO be designated to carry out a comprehensive, continuing and coordinated (“3-C”) transportation planning process for urbanized areas with a population of 50,000 or more.

The Memphis MPO consists of 24 elected officials, Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA), Memphis-Shelby County Port Commission (MSCPC), and representatives from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Shelby County Department of Regional Services provides staff to the Memphis MPO and serves as its fiscal and administrative agent.

Using federal regulations for guidance, short and long-term transportation plans that meet community objectives are developed and implemented. A multi-modal planning approach is used to assure a vibrant and growing system of roads, rail, transit systems, pedestrian/bicycle trails, airports and waterways.

Memphis MPO Prospectus 2014

Our Prospectus introduces the MPO and provides an overview of the organization's roles and responsibilities.

Memphis MPO Prospectus 2014

Memphis MPO 101

For a more detailed look than offered in the Prospectus about who we are and what we do, please take a look at our MPO 101 presentation for a crash course in all things MPO.

MPO 101

Additionally, we encourage the public to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

Bylaws of the Memphis MPO

The Memphis MPO’s Bylaws provide basic information on how the Memphis MPO functions as the primary decision-making forum for local transportation issues.  The MPO Bylaws govern the membership, voting structure, and committees of the organization. The Bylaws were adopted by the Transportation Policy Board on May 23, 2024. Click on the link below to view the Memphis MPO Bylaws.

Memphis MPO Bylaws

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