About FMATS

Working together to achieve safe and efficient multi-modal transportation solutions.

The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) plans for local multi-modal transportation system investments that work for the betterment of the community. The planning area encompasses the urbanized portion of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole.

This Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an ongoing cooperative effort guided by priorities set forth by the Policy Board and  Technical Committee. Region-wide plans and development patterns help steer short and long-range plans, which aim to safely and efficiently move goods and people, while simultaneously supporting economic progress, environmental protection and an improved quality of life.

The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) is the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). FMATS is a consensus-based transportation policy making body that was formed in April 2003 when the Fairbanks Area was listed in the Federal Register of Qualifying Urban Areas for Census 2000. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) require establishment of an MPO to facilitate increased local control of transportation investments. The Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR) and the U.S. Codes (Title 23) require FMATS to meet regulations to continue receiving Federal funding.

Introduction to FMATS

To view a PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the FMATS MPO click here: Introduction to FMATS

Informational Binder

To update your FMATS informational binder, use the following links:

Unified Planning Work Program: http://fmats.us/programs/unified-planning-work-program/

Transportation Improvement Program: http://fmats.us/programs/tip/

Technical Committee Members: http://fmats.us/about-fmats/technical-committee/

Policy Board Members: http://fmats.us/about-fmats/policy-board/

Metropolitan Transportation Plan: http://fmats.us/programs/metropolitan-transportation-plan/

Public Participation Plan: http://fmats.us/programs/public-participation/

FMATS Operating Agreement

The FMATS Operating Agreement provides the structure and process for the continuing, cooperative and comprehensive development and implementation of transportation and air quality plans and programs for intermodal transportation in the Metropolitan Planning Area.  The FMATS Operating Agreement Amendment No. 1 is an update to the FMATS Operating Agreement and it was passed on 10.16.13.

FMATS Memorandum of Understanding

The FMATS Memorandum of Understanding for the Coordinator’s Office outlines the structure, responsibilities and/or duties as pertaining to the FMATS Coordinator’s Office and of the United Planning Work Program (UPWP) fund integration.

FMATS Bylaws

FMATS Bylaws explain the rules and regulations that guide the FMATS Policy Board and Technical Committee. The Bylaws were updated and approved on January 18, 2017. The original Bylaws and amendments can be found in the archives.

Policies and Procedures

The FMATS Policies and Procedures document was revised and approved by the Policy Board on June 15, 2016.

The Policy was first approved in July, 2015 and was amended on October 21, 2015 with the addition of a Complete Streets Policy. On June 15, 2016, the Policy was amended to add the Green Streets Policy.

This document finalizes the procedures that FMATS follows and provides for consistency in the operations of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. It  also allows other agencies and individuals to be able to reference the document when working with FMATS or if they are interested in the work of FMATS. More policies will be added as they see fit.

FMATS Metropolitan Planning Organization Boundary Map

The FMATS Metropolitan Planning Organization Boundary Map was determined by an agreement between the MPO and the Governor. At a minimum, the MPA boundaries shall encompass the entire existing urbanized area (as defined by the Bureau of the Census) plus the contiguous area expected to become urbanized within a 20-year forecast period for the metropolitan transportation plan.

FMATS Organizational Study

The FMATS Organizational Study was created in 2007 to develop an optimal organizational structure for FMATS to accomplish its mandated responsibility and to provide additional flexibility in meeting future requirements. The Study is divided into an organizational review and an implementation plan.

Metropolitan Planning Distribution Formula

The Metropolitan Planning (PL) Distribution Formula explains the planning funds allocated to FMATS. The Metropolitan Planning (PL) Distribution Formula Cover Letter describes the funding distribution formula under the last federal surface transportation bill SAFETEA-LU or the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The 2003 PL & Section 5303 Distribution Formulas outline the funding given to FMATS and the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation System.

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