metropolitan Topeka planning organization


The all-access transportation planning website for Topeka and Shawnee County area

Effective Planning Pays Off

  • The MTPO works to connect all modes of transportation to ensure the ease of travel for all citizens.

  • Effective connectivity of all modes of transportation improves the quality of life for everyone.

  • The MTPO strives to ensure environmental protections to air, soil, and water.

  • Effective transportation results in enhanced regional economic development.

  • The MTPO works to ensure a safer, more secure transportation network.

  • The MTPO works to ensure an equitable and efficient use of scarce financial resources.

Metropolitan Planing Organizations (MPOs) are federally mandated entities for urbanized ares with populations of over 50,000, and were created to define the policies and priorities for the area's regional transportation system. In the Topeka area, the MTPO is comprised of representatives from the City of Topeka, Shawnee County, the Metropolitan Topeka Transit Authority and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Full time staff is provided to the Topeka MTPO through the Topeka Planning Department.

The MTPO recognizes that the regional transportation infrastructure consists of more than a system of roadways. Our mobility network includes multiple modes of transportation, including bicycles, pedestrians, rail, air, and other publicly supported mass transit systems.

Part of the MTPO's responsibilities are to coordinate with each mode of transportation into a single, functional and efficient system for the benefit of all of the area's residents. This coordination requires planning.

Transportation planning is a continuous process that requires monitoring of the system's performance, physical condition, and its ability to incorporate demands placed upon this system as they arise. Included within this planning process is the requisite involvement of the public to ensure that all needs are being met in the most efficient and effective manner possible.





The all-access transportation planning website for Topeka and Shawnee County area

Topeka, Kansas - a Bicycle Friendly Community


PARTNERS in planning

Transportation planning is about more than just transportation.


The work of the MTPO involves multiple, non-transportation related interests, including:

  • Land use (state and local law)
  • Clean Air Act/Air Quality Standards
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • American with Disability Act (ADA)
  • Title VI/Environmental Justice

Who provides funding for MTPO transportation projects?

The direct sources of funding include grants from the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transportation Administration, the Kansas Department of Transportation, the City of Topeka, Shawnee County, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (TMTA), and public and private partnerships.