What We Do
The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Fargo-Moorhead area. An MPO is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and transportation authorities.
Metro COG, as the name describes, is a council of governments. Thus, it is an organization that was formed through cooperation of local governments to coordinate planning efforts. The council of government aspects of Metro COG works on local community development tasks, whereas the MPO aspect of Metro COG focuses on transportation planning. Over the years, community development and transportation planning efforts have become more intertwined.
Federal legislation has integrated traditional local community develop tasks into the transportation planning framework. However, Metro COG continues to work with local jurisdictions on non-federally eligible planning projects.
Metro COG is guided by four (4) principle documents: Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and Public Participation Plan (PPP). These guide policy making and transportation planning processes. Federal regulation specifies the content and purpose of these documents.
Our LRTP is designed to analyze all modes within the transportation network and set priorities for federal transportation funding. This plan is updated every 5 years.
The TIP is a compilation of significant surface transportation improvements scheduled for implementation in the Fargo‐Moorhead metropolitan planning area over the next four fiscal years.
The UPWP documents details and specific work tasks for Metro COG’s transportation and community planning activities for the next 24 months.
Metro COG provides surface transportation planning for the metropolitan planning area, which includes but is not limited to roadways, transit routes, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and freight movements. Metro COG's transportation planning areas include:
- Corridor Studies
- Transit Planning
- Bike/pedestrian Planning
- Freight Planning (rail, truck, and intermodal)
- Traffic Incident Management
- Traffic & Bicycle Counts
Metro COG provides community planning to the metropolitan planning area, which includes but is not limited to development of, comprehensive plan documents, zoning ordinances, food systems, and project planning and prioritization. Community planning areas include:
- Comprehensive Plans
- Food Commission
- Demographic Forecasts
- Zoning Ordinance Development
- Land Use Inventory and Development
- Regional and/or Local Coordination