The St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organizations (SJATSO) has two primary Committees that help the MPO review plans and programs, provide input and set policy, the Coordinating Committee and the Technical Committee. Other additional Committees function on an as needed basis. The newest Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Committee is the Transit Working Group.
SJATSO’s Coordinating Committee (Policy Board) consists of locally elected and appointed leaders (individuals appointed to their positions directly by locally elected officials such as mayors or commission members) to represent their local government.
Transportation planning at SJATSO is overseen by the Technical Committee, which provides technical support and recommendations to the Coordinating Committee.
In September 2016, SJATSO’s Technical and Coordinating Committees approved an advisory non-motorized transportation sub-committee to the Technical Committee. SJATSO’s Standing Bike and Pedestrian Committee serves as the central advisory body to develop non-motorized transportation, goals, policies and standards in the Metropolitan Planning Area.
The MPOs Transit Working Group was created in May 2013 to function as a sub-committee to the Technical Committee. The Transit Working Group functioned as the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan Committee of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Update. In December of 2016 the Transit Working Group was revived to serve as an advisory committee on all transit related issues in the metro.
Alternate Fuel Vehicle Committee (Inactive)
In January 2012, the Technical Committee created two new committees focused on Alternate Fuel Vehicles. A government committee and a business committee were formed in the summer of 2013 to discuss issues related to streamlining the regulatory approval for the construction of these facilities, expanding the number of stations in the MPO region, and increasing the use of alternative fuels in public and private sector fleets.