The DeKalb-Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) which administers the federal and state funding for highway and public transit projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area. DSATS is staffed by DeKalb County and all activities performed by the organization are overseen by a Policy Committee (PC), with technical oversight of the organization performed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and DSATS staff.
The DSATS Region
In the U.S., urbanized areas with populations over 50,000, are required to create a Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Federal Highway Administration defines Metropolitan Transportation Planning as the process of examining travel and transportation issues and needs in the metropolitan areas. It includes a demographic analysis of the community in question, as well as an examination of travel patterns and trends. 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 of 50,000, the responsibility for transportation planning lies with designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations.