Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Tri-County region consists of three counties, 48 communities, and over 350,000 residents. The Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area spans three counties, incorporates 16 municipalities, and services over 240,000 residents. Additionally, the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), which is the Urbanized Area (UA) plus the adjacent area expected to urbanize within 20 years, incorporates eight additional municipalities and increases the population by over 55,000.
All UA that exceed 50,000 in population must have a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), according to the Title 23 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Section 450.310. Furthermore, all regions with over 200,000 in population are also classified as a Transportation Management Area (TMA).
As the MPO, TCRPC is responsible for transportation planning as outlined in Title 23 CFR Part 450 Subpart C. The MPO planning process brings together local government, transportation authorities, and interested citizens to create transportation policy and develop comprehensive plans that reflect the region’s future transportation vision. The MPO jurisdiction is the MPA and is showcased on the adjacent map as the 20-Year Planning Boundary.
TCRPC receives federal funding on an annual basis to carry out its transportation planning mission in the MPA. The federal funds come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) via the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Please note the MPO cannot implement infrastructure capital projects; it is strictly a planning agency providing planning expertise and advocacy for regionally significant projects.
See below for a complete list of municipalities within the UA and the communities within the MPA.
The Peoria-Pekin UA includes 16 municipalities across Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties:
|Village of Bartonville||Village of Bellevue||City of Chillicothe|
Village of Creve Coeur
|Village of Dunlap||City of East Peoria||Village of Germantown Hills||Village of Marquette Heights|
|Village of Morton||Village of North Pekin||Village of Norwood||City of Pekin|
|City of Peoria||Village of Peoria Heights||City of Washington||City of West Peoria|
The MPA includes eight municipalities along with those in the UA. They are:
|Village of Bay View Garden||Village of Hanna City||Village of Kingston Mines||Village of Mapleton|
|Village of Metamora||Village of South Pekin||Village of Spring Bay||Village of Tremont|
Transportation Plans and Programs
The MPO coordinates and completes many transportation plans, projects, and studies, some required by federal law. These plans and programs result from the inclusive transportation planning process and delineate the region’s future transportation vision, help implement and monitor projects, and provide financial guidance for the MPO.