The Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) evolved from two predecessor organizations: The Centre Region Area Transportation Study (CRATS), and the Centre Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CRMPO), which was formed in 1982 and succeeded CRATS as the entity responsible for coordinating transportation planning efforts.
In November 2003, the CRMPO approved the expansion of the MPO to a countywide organization. Effective January 2004, the CCMPO assumed responsibility for coordinating transportation planning efforts in all of Centre County, Pennsylvania.
The CCMPO works closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Centre County Commissioners (including the Centre County Planning and Community Development Office (CCPCDO)), Centre County municipalities, Centre County Planning Regions and the SEDA-COG MPO (headquartered in Lewisburg, PA) to identify and prioritize transportation improvement projects in Centre County. The CCMPO helps to advance major transportation projects and represent the community in the project development processes.
The CCMPO is one of 24 MPOs / RPOs in Pennsylvania. The CCMPO is comprised of two Committees; the Coordinating Committee and the Technical Committee. The Coordinating Committee is comprised of elected officials and appointed policy makers. The Technical Committee is primarily comprised of staff members and other technical advisers. These committees receive staff support from the Centre Regional Planning Agency (CRPA), Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and the Centre County Planning and Community Development Office (CCPCDO).