Transportation issues represent a significant component of regional planning in all metropolitan areas of the nation. From its inception in the early 1960s, SEWRPC has been engaged in multimodal transportation planning, working cooperatively with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, transit operators, and county and local units of government in the region. Federal transportation funds, which constitute an important source of funding for transportation infrastructure in the region, are linked by Federal law to a prescribed transportation planning and programming process. This process is sponsored by what the Federal government terms Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). SEWRPC is the Federally recognized MPO for the Southeastern Wisconsin Region.