MPO: Planning for Livability

Using principles developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Memphis MPO is incorporating livability into the planning process as proposed by the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports livable communities through funding transportation related projects and sponsoring activities like Context Sensitive Solutions and public involvement that help enable people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, and safer streets and roads.

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The MPO’s Role in Planning for Livability

A key livability principle focuses on expanding transportation choices. This typically means making it convenient for people to meet some or all of their daily travel needs without having to drive. This goal requires the development and evaluation of different multimodal transportation improvement strategies at the regional or corridor level. As the regional transportation planning agency, the Memphis MPO supports livability in our communities through several strategies:

  • Regional visioning
  • Promoting economic development
  • Complete Streets design & implementation
  • Land use & transportation planning
  • Planning for operations
  • Project prioritization


Beyound Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic is an invitation to the American public-including the users, developers, owners, and operators of the transportation network and the policy officials who shape it-to ahve a frank conversation about the shape, size, and condition of that system and how it will meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come. 

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US DOT Livability Principles

Communities across the country are looking for ways to develop transportation networks that serve broader goals, such as increasing safety, supporting quality economic and community redevelopment, providing greater accessibility for people of varying income and ability, and helping reduce the cost of housing and transportation so people have more economic freedom.

The HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities established six livability principles as a foundation for interagency coordination:

  • Provide more transportation choices
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Support existing communities
  • Coordinate policies and leverage investment
  • Value communities and neighborhoods

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US DOT Planning Emphasis Areas for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

State DOTs and MPOs are requested to emphasize the following planning emphasis areas in their respective planning work programs for Fiscal Year 2016.

  • MAP-21 Implementation
  • Regional Models of Cooperation
  • Ladders of Opportunity

For more information US DOT Planning Emphasis Areas, please visit: The Federal Highway Administration's Planning Emphasis Areas for Federal Fiscal Year 2016.


Every Day Counts (EDC)

EDC is designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery, enhancing the safety of our roadways, and protecting the environment. Federal Highway Administration has designed EDC to focus on a finite set of initiatives. Teams from the Federal Highway Administration will work with state, local, and industry partners to deploy the initiatives and will develop performance measures to gauge their success.

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