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Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-PCMPO) is responsible for providing transportation policy and overseeing the federal transportation process for the Columbus region, which includes full and fair participation from the public. The C-PCMPO consists of the counties of Muscogee (GA), Chattahoochee (GA) and parts of Russell (AL), and Lee (AL).

The organization is officially known as the "Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study" and is the lead agency responsible for administering and coordinating the activities of participants carrying out the required tasks of the transportation process. Participants in this process included the Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC), the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), public transit operators METRA and PEX, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).


In 1964, the governors of Alabama and Georgia appointed the Columbus, Georgia Department of Community Development as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan area. Since that time C-PCMPO has been charged with maintaining and planning the transportation needs of this region. In 1991 the role of the C-PCMPO changed with the passage of Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and later Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The primary goal of these programs was to establish new policies promoting multi-modal planning that performed in an efficient and comprehensive manner, while meeting the needs of surface transportation.


Consistent with the direction provided by the Federal transportation law, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the mission of the C-PCMPO is to develop, promote, and ensure implementation of a regional transportation plan that:

  • Supports the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency;
  • Increases the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  • Increases accessibility and mobility options available to people and freight;
  • Protects and enhances the environment, promote energy conservation and improve quality of life;
  • Enhances the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight;
  • Promotes efficient system management and operation; and,
  • Emphasizes the preservation of the existing transportation system.


The Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization achieves its mission by:

  • Organizing, overseeing, and managing the planning process in compliance with the current federal requirements;
  • Providing direction to and receiving policy related support from the Technical Advisory Committee of the C-PCMPO; and
  • Providing policy direction and oversight to meet Federal and State environmental requirements for attaining air quality standards as required by the Federal Clean Air Act as amended.

Contact Information

For more information about the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization, please contact The Planning Department at (706) 653-4421.

Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government Annex Building

Government Annex Building
2nd Floor
420 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31902

Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534

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