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Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization
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The Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization (JATSO) is the federally designated MPO for the Joplin metropolitan area. An MPO is required to conduct a “continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive” regional transportation planning and project programming process for the MPO’s metropolitan planning area. The JATSO Metropolitan planning area is comprised of many jurisdictions; representatives from municipal, county, and state agencies meet periodically through a policy board that oversees and approves MPO actions. 

JATSO meets on the 3rd Thursday of each quarter at 1:30 p.m. in the 5th Floor Study of City Hall in Joplin located at 602 S. Main. For more information, contact Taylor Cunningham at 417-624-0820 ext 511.

Communities Represented in JATSO
  • City of Joplin
    • MAPS
    • Sunshine Lamp Trolley Transit
    • Joplin Regional Airport 
  • City of Webb City
  • City of Carl Junction
  • Jasper County
  • Newton County
  • Southwest District of the Missouri Department of Transportation 
  • Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council 

Important Announcements
10-27-16 Meeting
There will be a public meeting of the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization (JATSO) Policy Board on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. in the Joplin City Hall 5th Floor Study, 602 South Main Street, Joplin, Missouri.

Tip Amendment #2
The second amendment to the 2016-2019 TIP is available for public comment and review. You can find TIP amendment #2 here. The TIP contains transportation and transit projects in the Joplin Metropolitan Area that are partially funded by Federal transportation programs over the next four-year period. The public comment period for the TIP amendments and the UPWP begins Wednesday, October 19 and extends to Wednesday, October 26th.

Please submit comments to Taylor Cunningham by Wednesday, October 26th by calling 417-624-0820 ext 511 or sending an e-mail to

Public Participation Plan

The Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization (JATSO) is seeking a 45-day public comment period for an update to the Public Public Participation Plan (PPP). The 2016 updated PPP includes:

  • Expanded public comment periods for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program to provide more time for the public to review and comment on these documents. 
  • Newly developed goals, strategies, and desired outcomes so that the public involvement process may be defined and executed in a clear way. 
  • Guidelines outlined in 23 CFR 450.316 to increase clarity and accountability. 

Comments for any portion of the PIP may be submitted for consideration. JATSO is the transportation planning agency for the Joplin metropolitan area, as designated by the federal government, and its goal is to provide for regional mobility.  The PPP is a plan that allows the public to put input into regional transportation projects.  

All comments must be received by 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Comments may be submitted to:

City of Joplin
ATTN: Taylor Cunningham 
602 S. Main St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: Taylor Cunningham (417) 624-0820 Ext. 511
Fax: (417) 625-4738