Metropolitan Profile

Metro COG has produced the Metro Profile since 1981. The form and name of it has changed over time, but it continues to ensure compliance and compatibility with relevant surface transportation authorization. Under Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the Metro Profile has become an essential performance management tracking tool.

The Metro Profile is structured to document and monitor the following:

  1. Changes, improvements, and projects affecting the transportation system
  2. Demographic and socio-economic conditions affecting the region
  3. Land use and development patterns
  4. The accuracy of projections made within Metro 2040 – Mobility for the Future, Metro COG’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
  5. Implementation of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Metro COG Policy Board believes this data to be critical to both accurately represent the state of the transportation network and to maintain and to implement elements of the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program, such as the TIP, MTP, and regional travel demand model (TDM).

The Metropolitan Profile (Profile) is separated into five chapters, each of which focuses on trends affecting the development patterns and transportation network of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). Together the chapters provide a comprehensive snapshot of the conditions and trends affecting the metro area. The chapters are grouped into two categories:

  • Community Profile
  • Transportation

The Transportation category encompasses topics focused on the:

  • Roadway network
  • Freight network
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian network
  • Transit network

Within each of these chapters are metrics that Metro COG tracks from year to year. These metrics are used to track progress towards goals set in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The goals in the MTP are developed with Metro COG’s vision, mission, and core functions in mind.

Any questions or comments on the content of these documents should be directed to Metro COG. Additionally, supporting plans, studies, and other transportation data for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Planning Area are available by contacting Metro COG.