Mesa County Transportation Planning Region (TPR) and Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The Mesa County Transportation Planning Region and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization are transportation policy-making organizations led by the GVRTC. The MPO planning mandates used for transportation planning in the urban area is loosely defined as Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, and the urban portions of unincorporated Mesa County. The TPR planning boundary covers all of Mesa County.
The planning mandates for the MPO and TPR allow for federal and state transportation road and transit funding to be programmed and used for the region. The GVRTC adopts a 20-year Regional Transportation Plan that financially constrains, to the level of funding available over the life of the plan, transportation projects in all modes (road, transit, non-motorized, air and rail). They also produce a short-range plan that identifies projects to be completed over the next six years in the region. The short-range plans from all TPRs and MPOs in the state are wrapped-up into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).