The MPO Policy Committee is charged with providing policy level recommendations, approvals and endorsements of the Rockingham MPO concerning transportation issues that have a bearing on the MPO's continued, comprehensive, and coordinated transportation planning process. This includes but is not limited to activities such as:
Establishing the policy direction of the MPO through its adopted plans and policy statements;
In cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), establishing procedures and requirements whereby Section 112 (PL) and FTA Section 5303 (Metropolitan Transit Planning) funds will be allocated and made available.
Adopting and amending the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Long Range Transportation Plan, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP);
Reviewing and commenting on individual projects, programs, plans, and reports relative to the adopted transportation policies and positions;
Reviewing and endorsing technical reports and studies prepared by the MPO staff or consultants;
Ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 by making conformity determinations for MPO TIPs and MPO transportation plans, with assistance from NHDOT.
Adopting and/or revising plans, policies and findings recommended by the Technical Advisory Committee, including technical reports and memoranda;
Providing a mechanism to facilitate and broaden public involvement in transportation planning and decision making processes.
Voting membership on the Policy Committee includes Planning Commission board members (local representatives appointed in accordance with RSA 36:41 and 36:46) plus representatives appointed by the NHDOT, NHDES (Air Resources Division), COAST, CART, UNH Wildcat Transit, the Pease Development Authority, and RPC non-member communities. Non-voting members include federal transportation agency representatives, neighboring MPOs/RPCs, non-public transportation providers, and other state and federal transportation officials and other participants. The MPO Prospectus provides a detailed listing of the Policy Committee and Technical Advisory Committee membership broken down by voting and non-voting status.
Voting Members (Number of Votes in Accordance with RSA 36:41)
Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST)
Hampton Falls (2)
Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART)
NHDOT Planning Bureau or Commissioner designee
East Kingston (2)
NHDOT Bureau of Rail and Transit or Commissioner designee
New Castle (2)
NHDES Air Resources Division
Pease Development Authority
South Hampton (2)
Rockingham Planning Commission
University of New Hampshire Wildcat Transit
North Hampton (2)
*Non-member municipalities are entitled to 1 voting representative