Background and History of the CBMPO

MPO Background and History

On February 11th, 2013, Governor Deal officially designated the Bartow County Community Development to serve as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Cartersville Bartow Urbanized Area. The CBMPO is the newest such organization in the State and joins the ranks of 15 others already established under federal guidelines in Georgia.

Federal law requires the establishment of a formal transportation planning and coordinating body when the urban population of an area (defined as areas where residents are living at a density of 1,000 persons per square mile) becomes 50,000 or larger. The map below shows the area within Bartow that meets this definition as of the 2010 Census.

Cartersville smoothed UZA boundary

The CBMPO is established under federal regulation to ensure that funding on transportation projects within Bartow County occurs through a comprehensive, cooperative and continuing process that engages the public and interested local, state and federal agencies. Transportation projects within Bartow County receiving federal funding must be approved by the MPO before these funds can be obligated and the project commence. The primary functions of the CBMPO are as follows:

1. Establish a forum for transportation discussions
2. Evaluate transportation alternatives
3. Develop a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
4. Develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
5. Involve the public-Public Participation Plan
6. Develop Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The new Cartersville Bartow MPO is currently in the process of being formally established with the creation of two committees, the CBMPO Policy Committee and the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC). The Policy Committee meets quarterly during the year and the TCC meets monthly.  These committees were established by a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the local governments operating within Bartow County and dated December 5, 2012. These committees are served by a staff Transportation Planner that is assigned to the Community Development Division of Bartow County government.

The Cartersville Bartow MPO is eligible for Federal “PL” funds for state Fiscal Year 2014 (beginning July 1, 2013).  The PL funds, which are provided through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), will be used for MPO set-up, operation, and transportation planning activities.  PL funds will reimburse the MPO for 80% of its eligible expenses; the MPO will fund the remaining 20% of the total eligible expenses. The MPO is also eligible for funding through the Federal Transit Administration to plan for, develop, and operate transit services within the urbanized area of the community. These funds are provided at 80% with a 10% match from the local government and 10% coming from the State of Georgia.



Tom Sills, AICPTransportation Planner 770-607-6265
135 West Cherokee Avenue Cartersville, Georgia 30120 1st Floor - Suite 124

Technical Coordinating Committee

Bartow County Administrative Center Community Development Conference Room, Suite 124 135 W. Cherokee Avenue Cartersville, GA 30120 Date: Third Wednesday of Each Month Time: 10:00 am

January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 26, 2017  Date Change
May 17, 2017  Canceled
June 21, 2017 Canceled
July 26. 2017  Date Change
August 16, 2017 Canceled
September 20, 2017
October 30, 2017 Date Change
November 15, 2017
December 20, 2017

Policy Committee Bartow County Administrative Center Community Development Conference Room, Suite 124 135 W. Cherokee Avenue Cartersville, GA 30120 Date: Second month of each calendar quarter on the first Wednesday Time: 2:00 pm

May 3, 2017
August 2, 2017
November 1, 2017

*Called meeting, as necessary