FMATS: Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) is the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). FMATS is a consensus-based transportation policy making body that was formed in April 2003 when the Fairbanks Area was listed in the Federal Register of Qualifying Urban Areas for Census 2000. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) require establishment of an MPO to facilitate increased local control of transportation investments. The Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR) and the U.S. Codes (Title 23) require FMATS to meet regulations to continue receiving Federal funding.