TMAs, MPOs and COGs

ADOT, MPO, and COG Guidelines and Procedures Manual

The ADOT, MPO, and COG Guidelines and Procedures Manual is intended to be a resource document to assist in outlining the guidelines and procedures to conduct regional transportation planning functions and programs administered by the ADOT Multimodal Planning Division.

COG/MPO Helpful Links

Districts Map



Transportation Management Areas (TMA)

A TMA is designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for an urbanized area with a population of at least 200,000. Congress provided for this greater role by MPOs through a certification review aimed at formalizing the continuing oversight and day-to-day evaluation of the planning process.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO)

An MPO is a governmental entity required in urban areas with a population of 50,000 persons or more. The MPO is charged with providing a comprehensive regional transportation planning process for the designated planning area.

Councils of Government (COG)

A COG is a regional body with voluntary membership that provides a forum for regional transportation planning, collaboration, and decision making in regions comprising several counties with a total contiguously urbanized population of less than 50,000.


E-Grants planning invoicing is to be used for the Work Program which began on July 1, 2019.  The Purpose of the E-Grants system is to make the reimbursement request process more efficient, eliminate errors, assist with tracking balances, and expedite payment.  The attached 22-minute training video provides a useful overview for users of the system.

Planning WP Training Video - April 29, 2020