Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) covers portions of Geary, Pottawatomie, and Riley Counties; including the Cities of Manhattan, Junction City, Wamego, St. George, Ogden, and Grandview Plaza. The Flint Hills MPO (designated February 2013 by the Designation Agreement) was the first MPO designated by the State of Kansas in over three decades. Federal law requires any Urbanized Area population exceeding 50,000 persons to create a Metropolitan Planning Organization to carry out the multi-modal transportation planning for the metropolitan area. The Manhattan Urbanized Area exceeded this population threshold in the 2010 Census.
In 2017, the Policy Board voted to expand the MPO boundary to include the City of Wamego and more of Pottawatomie County along the US-24 corridor. The boundary expansion took effect January 1, 2018.
The FHMPO is governed by a Policy Board made up of local elected officials from the jurisdictions in the metropolitan area and a representative from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). The Policy Board is supported by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), consisting of staff level representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies.
Population within the MPO: 110,441 people
Approximately 247 square miles (158,080 Acres)
Kansas State University
Fort Riley Military Base
The FHMPO provides a regional forum to coordinate, encourage, and promote a safe, efficient, affordable, and integrated transportation system for all users; in support of livable communities and economic competitiveness.
FHMPO Work Products
The FHMPO is the designated entity to provide regional transportation planning and programming services for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout the FHMPO planning area. Special emphasis is placed on providing equal access to a variety of transportation mode choices (transit, bicycling, walking, automobile, carpool, etc.) and ensuring effective public involvement throughout the planning process. To effectively manage the planning process, the FHMPO is responsible for producing and maintaining several documents. Learn more about the FHMPO's products and commonly used terms and acronyms.