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The 1962 Federal Aid Highway Act created metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in keeping with the requirement that urban areas have a defined planning process to receive federal aid for transportation programs and projects. Read More
The Akron metropolitan area includes Summit and Portage counties and a portion of Wayne County. Currently, the region has over 700,000 people residing in the area. Akron is the central city accounting for almost one- third of the region’s population. The area has a large and comprehensive transportation system that is anchored by several major freeways and two major rail lines. Two public transit agencies, METRO in Summit County and PARTA in Portage County, provide bus transportation. There are 24 miles of bike lanes and 12 miles of mountain biking in the area as well. With the recent completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Summit County, the area has over 100 miles of off-road trails completed. In a larger context, AMATS partners with the metropolitan planning organizations in Northeast Ohio, NOACA and Eastgate, to ensure comprehensive transportation planning.
AMATS receives funding from three federal programs and uses these funds to help communities pay for road maintenance, safety improvements, congestion relief and bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The AMATS staff is responsible for carrying out the technical work of the agency and is comprised primarily of individuals from planning and engineering disciplines. The staff develops the Regional Transportation Plan (Plan), the Transportation Improvement Program (Tip), as well as a wide variety of other reports and recommendations for the consideration of the Policy Committee.
The AMATS Policy Committee is responsible for directing the transportation planning process in the region. The Policy Committee is comprised of elected representatives of municipalities, counties, two regional transit authorities, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
The Technical Advisory Committee is composed of planners and engineers who are charged with assisting the Policy Committee in the planning process. The committee reviews Policy Committee materials and provides comments to the staff.
The AMATS Citizens Involvement Committee (CIC) is the forum that gives the public voice regarding transportation issues and concerns. The CIC relays public comments regarding transportation issues to the Policy Committee for their consideration.
The CIC receives comments from all members of the public and anyone is welcome to attend.