The Prospectus serves three important functions in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regional transportation planning process. First, it provides an overview of the Federally mandated “3-C" (comprehensive, continuing, cooperative) transportation planning process as defined by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century of 1998 (TEA-21), the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act – Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU), the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) act and, most recently, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Second, it defines the roles and responsibilities of the various Federal, State and local agencies and entities involved in the MPO transportation planning process. Third, it documents the interagency agreements that have been or will be entered into between the MPO, the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), the Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST), the Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART), other MPOs who also provide support to these transit agencies, and the Air Resources Division of NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). These agreements further define the specific responsibilities and obligations of each agency.
The Prospectus is designed to serve as a common reference for all parties interested and involved in the regional transportation planning process in the RPC region of New Hampshire. It spells out how that process will be implemented by the Rockingham MPO and includes information regarding: