A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required by federal law for any Urbanized Area with a population greater than 50,000. The Manhattan Urbanized Area reached this threshold with the 2010 census and the Flint Hills MPO was created in 2013. The organization is governed by a Policy Board comprised of local elected officials and KDOT.
The FHMPO spans 3 counties (Geary, Riley, Pottawatomie) and includes 6 different cities. The boundary of the MPO was expanded in early 2018 to include Wamego and other portions of Pottawatomie County along US-24. The mission of this organization is to "provide 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."
The organization is responsible for:
Carrying out the multi modal transportation planning process for the metropolitan area Establishes long-term transportation goals and priorities for the FHMPO area Several planning products They have work on projects including the Flint Hills Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture.