The Wausau Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an advisory body established under Federal and State guidelines to help direct area-wide transportation planning. The communities within this planning area include the cities of Wausau, Schofield and Mosinee, the villages of Rothschild and Weston, and parts of the towns of Maine, Stettin, Rib Mountain, Kronenwetter, Weston, Wausau and Texas. One representative from each of these communities sits on the MPO Policy Advisory Committee, which recommends improvements to the area-wide transportation network based upon need and the available financial resources. The committee also assigns priorities to help the region and the constituent communities meet the challenge of funding the improvement of major transportation facilities. The MPO is primarily accountable to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation which provides most of the funding to undertake the MPO’s planning activities and some of the funds needed to implement street improvements and operate the Wausau Area Transit System.
In July, 2006 the MPO completed a 20-year plan that addresses the long-range street, bus system, pedestrian, bicycle and other transportation needs in the Urban Area to the year 2035. This transportation plan is also used by the Wausau Metropolitan Planning Organization as a guide to funding the development and improvement of major transportation facilities in the Metropolitan Area. A copy of this Wausau Metropolitan Area Long Range Transportation Plan - 2035 is available for viewing (PDF 25MB).