The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization (CATSO) is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and is made up of members from three public entities: the City of Columbia, Boone County, and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
CATSO conducts long-term transportation planning for the Columbia area. CATSO's current Long-Range Transportation Plan extends through 2050 and is expected to cost more than $1.2 billion. More than $712 million in funding will come from the City of Columbia.
Columbia City Council submitted a letter to CATSO regarding the “misalignment” between the 2050 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). City Council requested the following:
CATSO's draft response dismisses Council’s concerns and takes no action on any item that City Council asked them to implement.
CATSO will meet to further discuss this draft response:
CATSO’s decision-making body is called the Coordinating Committee and is comprised of eight members. Two of those members are elected officials. One elected official (Dan Atwill) has appointed a representative to attend in his place. That representative (Justin Aldred) has then appointed their own representative (Thad Yonke) to attend in his place. That leaves only one elected official in attendance (Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe) on the CATSO Coordinating Committee.
Only one elected official will have the opportunity to influence how $1.2 billion dollars of transportation funding is spent and what type of projects are built in the greater Columbia area.