Welcome to the Macon Area Transportation Study (Macon MPO)

UPDATE:  The MATS homepage has moved to more spacious accommodations!  Check out the new MATS website at www.maconmpo.com.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all future MATS postings will be posted at this new site.  Once the archived materials have been transferred to the new site this site is subject to archiving and/or removal without notice.

UPDATE:  Notice is hereby given that the public comment period has begun for amendments to the FY 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Long Range Transportation Plan Update (LRTP) for the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) region, covering all of Macon-Bibb County, and portions of Jones and Monroe counties.  This amendment concerns a new project for the widening of Bass Rd. from Providence Blvd. to New Forsyth Rd.  Specifically, the following actions are proposed:

  • Add GDOT Project #0017121 (expansion of Bass Rd. from New Forsyth Rd. to Providence Blvd.) to MATS 2040 LRTP Chapter 6 – Roads & Bridges Projects List;
  • Revise project description for current Bass Rd. Phase 3 in MATS 2040 LRTP Chapter 6 – Roads & Bridges Projects List to extend from Providence Blvd. to Zebulon Rd.;
  • Remove existing Bass Rd. Phase 1 and Bass Rd. Phase 2 from MATS 2040 LRTP Chapter 6 – Roads & Bridges Projects List;
  • Amend MATS 2040 LRTP Chapter 8 – Fiscal Assessment to reflect the change in available funding balance associated with the previously listed changes, and demonstrate continued fiscal balancing;
  • Amend the MATS FY 2018 – 2021 TIP to include those phases of GDOT Project #0017121 which are anticipated in fiscal years 2020 and 2021

Click here for the project description, the updated LRTP project list, and a summary of the fiscal impacts

Public comments will be received until the end of the working day on January 31, 2020.  Any comments can be sent to the following address: Macon-Bibb Co. Planning & Zoning, c/o MATS, Suite 300, 200 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201.  Comments can also be sent via e-mail to knorth@mbpz.org or please call (478) 751-7460.

MATS (the Macon Area Transportation Study, aka the Macon MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization that is made up of representatives from the local community, local government and governmental transportation authorities.

The Macon MPO was created to ensure regional cooperation in transportation planning. MPOs were introduced by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, which required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000.

Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3‑C”) planning process.

Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by federal law (23 U.S.C. §§ 134–135). Transparency through public access to participation in the planning process and electronic publication of plans now is required by federal law. As of 2015, there are 408 MPOs in the United States.