The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) has been designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill counties. The NEPA Alliance convenes two MPO committees- the NEPA MPO Technical Planning Committee and the NEPA MPO Policy Board.
The NEPA MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the primary funding source for the region’s highway and bridge projects, and transit system improvements. Through the TIP, transportation projects are identified and advanced to provide for the restoration and development of an intermodal transportation infrastructure, which supports economic development by creating a safer and more efficient travel environment for the movement of people and goods.
The NEPA MPO is continuously revising and adapting our public involvement and community outreach initiatives that fully engage all stakeholders in our planning and decision-making process. NEPA must also work to ensure that projects included in the TIP, especially those requiring major construction work, do not have disproportionately high or adverse impacts on minority or low-income populations. NEPA must also ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process. This is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In addition, to the TIP and the Long Range Transportation Plan, the NEPA MPO develops additional plans and administers other programs within the NEPA MPO Region including:
- Transit Services
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
- NEPA MPO Strategic Plan
- Jim Thorpe Parking Study
- Local Technical Assistance Program