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Local Planning

IDOT recognizes the importance of the state-local partnership in delivering a safe and efficient transportation system. The department strives to promote a dynamic and effective working relationship with all local agencies. In Illinois, the coordination of transportation activities between the state and local officials include the entire transportation planning, programming, and implementation process. While the consultation process in urbanized areas is very structured, state coordination with local agencies in rural and small urban areas follows a process that is more flexible in order to meet the needs of local officials.


A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a transportation policy-making organization composed of representatives from local governments and transportation implementers. The 1962 Federal-Aid Highway Act required the formation of an MPO for all urbanized areas with a population greater than 50,000. MPO's were established to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs were based on a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) planning process. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. 

The MPO Cooperative Operations Manual provides guidance on the roles of the State and MPOs in the transportation planning process in urbanized areas.

IDOT has 16 MPO’s in the state and four MPO liaisons to ensure there is effective communication between the Department and the MPOs.  Click here for a link to the map displaying the MPO boundaries and the coordinating contact.

Rural & Small Urban

IDOT follows a process that builds on its current efforts to work with local officials in rural areas. Utilizing current outreach methods, the department consults with local officials on the allocation funding, transportation planning, highway and transit program development, project development and other transportation issues.The Consultation with Non-Metropolitan Officials policy document provides an overview of the transportation planning process in rural and small urban areas.

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Bi-State Regional Commission

1504 Third Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61204

(309) 793-6300


Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study

1776 E. Washington Street

Urbana, IL 61802

(217) 328-3313


Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

433 West Van Buren Street, Suite 450

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 454-0400


Danville Area Transportation Study

17 W. Main Street

Danville, IL 61832

(217) 431-2873


Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study

#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza

Decatur, IL 62523

(217) 424-2790


DeKalb-Sycamore Area Transportation Study

1826 Barber Greene Rd.

DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 756-9513


Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study

7600 Commerce Park

Dubuque, IA 52002

(563) 556-4166


East-West Gateway Council Of Governments

One S. Memorial Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63102

(314) 421-4220


Kankakee Area Transportation Study

189 E. Court Street

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 937-2940


McLean County Regional Planning Commission

115 E. Washington St., Suite #1

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 828-4331


Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street, Suite 401

Peoria, IL 61602

(309) 673-9330


Region 1 Planning Council

127 N. Wyman St., Suite 100

Rockford, IL 61101

(815) 319-4180


Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission

200 S. Ninth St., Room 212

Springfield, IL 62701

Phone: (217) 535-3110

Fax: (217) 535-3111


Stateline Area Transportation Study

2400 Springbrook Ct

Beloit, WI 53511

Phone: (608) 364-6702

Fax: (608) 364-2879


Southeast Metropolitan Planning Organization

401 Independence

Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

(573) 339-6327


Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization

3117 Civic Circle Boulevard, Suite A

Marion, IL, 62959

(618) 997-9351