Pam Jones and Andrew Nelson
Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Casper Area Transportation Planning Process (CATPP) was initiated in 1962 at the request of the City of Casper in order to provide cooperative, comprehensive and continuing transportation planning to the Casper urbanized area. CATPP invited the various jurisdictions within the Casper urbanized area to join in the transportation planning process. These jurisdictions presently include the City of Casper; Towns of Evansville, Mills, and Bar Nunn; the County of Natrona and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was designated by the governor, is structured as the administrative arm of CATPP, and is funded through the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The MPO consists of various committees including a Policy Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Citizens' Transportation Advisory Commission, and their subcommittees. These groups identify and analyze transportation needs within the metropolitan area, oversee special studies and establish transportation policies. All recommendations must be approved by official action of the appropriate agencies.
Along with transportation planning, the MPO devotes time and effort toward future development, community enhancement, and improving the quality of life within the Casper area. The MPO is responsible for helping support the economic vitality of the community, increasing the safety and security of both motorized and non-motorized individuals, promoting and maintaining safe accessibility and mobility, and preserving and protecting our environment.
To provide the best opportunity for mobility and accessibility within our community, a fixed-route transit system called The Bus has been implemented. The Bus is owned by the City of Casper and operated by the Casper Area Transportation Coalition.
The MPO is also responsible for the development of a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), a Transportation Improvement Program, a Unified Planning Work Program, a Public Involvement Policy, and sub-area plans and special studies. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is responsible for developing a State Transportation Improvement Plan which addresses major issues facing state and non-urbanized areas.