Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for examining travel and transportation issues and needs in the Brunswick/ Glynn County area. It includes  the following modes of transportation automobile,cargo carriers, mass transit, air, bicycle, and pedestrian. 

The planning process includes an analysis of alternatives to meet projected future demands, and for providing a safe and efficient transportation system that meets mobility while not creating adverse impacts to the environment.

In metropolitan areas over 50,000 population, such as Brunswick/ Glynn County, the responsibility for transportation planning lies with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Brunswick Area Transportation Study (BATS).

The MPO is made up of:
  • Glynn County
  • City of Brunswick
  • Jekyll Island Authority
  • Glynn County Airport Commission
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

BATS’ planning provides the information, tools, and public input needed for improving transportation system performance. BATS’ planning reflects the community's vision for the future. Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by Federal law (23 USC 134 and 135). Transportation planning entities are required for any urban area that receives funding directly or indirectly from the FTA and FHWA programs.

Since the 1962 Federal-aid Highway Act, federal authorizing legislation for expenditure of surface transportation funds has required metropolitan area transportation plans and programs to be developed through a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process. Over successive authorization cycles leading to the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in July 1998, Congress has added and revised the substantive content expected from the planning processes. In 2005, the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users” (SAFETEA-LU) was passed to supply the funding and framework needed to maintain and grow our transportation infrastructure. 

BATS MPO Boundaries Map

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BATS MPO Boundaries Map


The opinions, findings, and conclusions in the following publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Department of Transportation, State of Georgia, or the Federal Highway Administration.

Prepared in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Membership  Application Extension
BATS CAC Membership Application
BATS CAC Membership Application (Spanish) CAC Draft Flyer (Spanish) Title VI Discrimination For (Spanish)
Amendment to the BATS 2040 MTP - FY18-21 TIP
DRAFT Title VI Policies and Procedures Report

Transit Planning

Proposed Coastal Regional Commission Transit Plan


Contact Us

  1. Pamela Thompson
    Director of Community Development

    1725 Reynolds St.
    Suite 200
    Brunswick, GA 31520

    Phone: 912-554-7428
    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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