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The HRTPO has produced HRTPO At-a-glance; an electronic and print brochure that provides a snapshot of the HRTPO’s projects, programs, and work it performs on behalf of the citizens of Hampton Roads.

In addition to providing a brief synopsis of the HRTPO’s mission, HRTPO At-a-glance, provides a quick summary of the jurisdictions and membership of the organization.

Download HRTPO Citizen Guide to Transportation by clicking here (PDF).



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Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)


Federal regulations require that urbanized areas throughout the United States have a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to conduct a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. Urbanized areas are defined as areas with a population of 200,000 or greater, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMA).

MPOs participate in a federal certification review of the transportation planning process for their TMAs every four years. MPOs must be certified in order to receive federal funds for transportation projects. The transportation planning process must result "in plans and programs that consider all modes of transportation and support metropolitan community development and social goals. These plans and programs shall lead to the development and operation of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient, economic movement of people and goods." (23CFR450.300 and 49CFR450.300)


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The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO)

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is the body created by the Hampton Roads localities and appropriate state and federal agencies to perform the duties of an MPO under the federal regulations.

Voting representation on the HRTPO Board includes elected officials from the Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, and York; plus representatives from the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Non-voting board members include representatives from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), the Virginia Department of Aviation (VDOA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The HRTPO Board continually assesses its membership to account for emerging trends or shifts in the area of regional transportation and may add other stakeholders as deemed appropriate.

The HRPDC provides staffing for the HRTPO to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities and to coordinate efforts with the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (HRT), Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and VDOT. The HRTPO's Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) provides review and recommendations on all regional transportation planning efforts.


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HRTPO Title VI Plan

The HRTPO assures that no person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, handicap, sex, age, or income status as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent authorities, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subject to discrimination under any program or activity. The HRTPO Nondiscrimination Plan provides this assurance, information about HRTPO responsibilities, and a Nondiscrimination Complaint Form.


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