Plans: Overview


The Memphis MPO is responsible for four major transportation planning documents: the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and the Public Participation Plan (PPP). The MPO also conducts other special transportation studies.

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

The RTP guides the decision-making process for the selection and implementation of transportation projects in the Memphis MPO area. It outlines the policies and long-range and short-range actions that support an integrated and intermodal transportation system for the effective and efficient movement of people and goods.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP lists each transportation project planned for the Memphis MPO area within a four-year timeframe. These include but are not limited to roadway, congestion mitigation, enhancement, rideshare, and mass transit projects.  All TIP projects stem from the RTP. The TIP’s primary purpose is to serve as the financial programming document for the MPO.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The UPWP, prepared bi-annually and updated annually, identifies specific transportation work tasks that the MPO and its partner agencies will undertake during a single fiscal year. 

Public Participation Plan (PPP)

The MPO strives to create opportunities for every resident to participate in planning, reviewing, and implementing its transportation projects and programs. Updated as needed, the PPP outlines specific strategies to engage the general public and community leaders in transportation planning within the community.


The MPO’s regional transportation planning process encompasses all modes of transportation, and includes bicycle & pedestrian, transit, and freight.

Safety & Mobility

The MPO’s planning process is designed to enhance the safety, security, and mobility of all users of the region’s transportation system. The MPO maintains a number of plans and studies which relate to planning for operations, such as the Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture and the Congestion Management Process (CMP).

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