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MPO Freight Stakeholder Survey

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The MPO is working with the University of Memphis to administer a Freight Stakeholder Survey that will solicit opinions and perceptions of the freight transportation system in the region. The survey will also gather information on the operations and functionality of the freight transportation system and determine the impacts that freight movements have on livability within the region.


The results of the survey will be utilized in the preparation of the MPO's next Long Range Transportation Plan and shared with the MPO's Freight Advisory Committee to assist their planning efforts related to good movement in the region. Results will also be coordinated with the Household Travel Survey and Truck Route Master Plan that the MPO is currently undertaking, as well as the State DOT's related freight planning efforts.


Two separate surveys will be conducted as part of the overall Freight Stakeholder Survey and both the surveys will proceed simultaneously.

  • Survey One - Freight Transportation System Operations and Functionality
  • Survey Two - Freight Systems and Livability

Both of the surveys will be administered by the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at University of Memphis. The results of the survey will be tabulated and a summary report will be prepared. The survey findings will be discussed with the Memphis MPO Freight Advisory Committee and Transportation Policy Board.

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Memphis MPO honored with Advertising Award

The Memphis MPO and Knoxville-based Hornsby Brand Design was recognized with an Addy Award for creative excellence for the Memphis logo at the 2014 Annual American Advertising Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 15th 2014, in Knoxville, TN.


The event was by the Knoxville Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AFF). The AFF is a business organization comprised of advertising and marketing professionals looking to recognize excellence in creativity in all media.


With more than 250 people in attendance, Chris Hornsby, President of Hornsby Brand Design was on hand to accept the award on Memphis MPO's behalf. Hornsby, said, "We always strive to offer the very best service and innovative solutions to our clients. The awards are an added bonus to that end. We greatly appreciate the recognition by our peers for our creative efforts." Memphis MPO and Hornsby beat out more than 300 competitors for the award.


Hornsby Brand Design also took home four other awards during the night. Hornsby Brand Design specializes in building charismatic brands by mixing the magic of creativity with the logic of business strategy.



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bicycle and pedestrian planning meeting

Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 2014 Update

A lot has changed since the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted its current Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in late 2011. So much so that the agency is already preparing an update of the 2.5 year old plan, which provides recommendations on projects and programs to increase biking and walking in the four counties and 18 cities and towns that make up the MPO. A region-wide survey of cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers about how they travel, their knowledge of traffic laws, and their priorities for funding alternative transportation projects is the first step in updating the plan.


In 2012 and 2013, jurisdictions in the Memphis MPO added 40 miles of new bike lanes and greenways. With another 200 miles of these "active transportation" projects slated to be constructed in the next three years, MPO planners have found a need to revisit their plans more frequently to keep up with the progress being made in the region. This plan, which serves a component of the Regional Transportation Plan, will contain policies, goals, and objectives for the coordinated development of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the Memphis MPO study area.


More than 30 individuals attended the plan's kick-off meeting on March 26 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library. The MPO's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Kyle Wagenschutz, led attendees through a presentation about the purpose of the plan, the timeline for its update, and the new features of the updated plans that are being considered. Development of the plan will continue with the MPO's Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) which will serve as the steering committee for this plan. Future meeting dates can be obtained by visiting the MPO's website. 

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Memphis MPO Livability 2040 Regional Transportation Plan


The Memphis MPO is working on the update of its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) called Livability 2040. The RTP assesses the demand on the regional transportation system and establishes a fiscally constrained plan to guide the development of transportation projects for the next 25 years to meet the region's growing needs. As part of the RTP update, the MPO is currently working to collect travel data from all different modes of transportation such as Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit, Household Travel and Freight movements. Over 2000 households have already participated in the household survey and many more surveys are expected to be completed in the next few months. Bike and Pedestrian data collection is underway and we will soon start the freight data collection process. The Transit survey is complete and over 3000 riders have participated. The data collected through the transit survey is currently being processed to be used in the update of the travel demand model, an important tool used by the MPO for the development of the RTP. This data collection process aligns with the livability principles, which seek to improve access to a broader range of transportation choices. Additionally, the MPO completed a survey to enhance the public involvement process by asking respondents the best ways to obtain public input and reach a broader and larger number of citizens. To see the survey results, follow this link.


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State DOT Long Range Planning


The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will also begin the development of their Long Range Transportation Plan. Please see the article below for an update on each one of the DOT's transportation plans.


Mississippi Unified Long Range Transportation Plan (MULTIPLAN)

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will kick off its 2040 long-range transportation plan (LRTP) in August with an anticipated completion date of December 2015.  Historically, MDOT has taken a unique approach of developing the LRTP by coordinating efforts with the Mississippi MPOs to develop a single, unified plan.  This unified effort allows for more concentrated analysis in population centers with increased transportation issues.  As a result, the LRTP has been referred to as the Mississippi Unified Long Range Transportation Infrastructure Plan or MULTIPLAN.  MDOT and the MPOs will develop a 25-year plan that focuses on all modes of transportation and related needs as well as new areas of emphasis in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  For information regarding the Mississippi LRTP update, contact the MDOT Planning Division at 601-359-7685.

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Tennessee 25-Year Long Range Transportation Plan

 By 2040, Tennessee is projected to have an additional 2 million people and be the 15th most populous State in the United States. With this growth will come increased economic and community development challenges as well as issues related to planning and accommodating future demand.  One key challenge will be providing and maintaining the quality transportation system that the traveling public and businesses in Tennessee have come to rely upon.


In response to this projected growth and demand, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) wants your input on the development of Tennessee's next 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan. The Plan will take a look at changes in population, demographics, the economy, technology, land use, departmental policies, and other variables to develop a data-driven roadmap to guide their efforts over the next 25 years.


An online survey is available for receiving input on transportation needs in Tennessee. To learn more about the 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan and take the online survey visit TDOT's Plan website at:  www.tdot.state.tn.us/transportationplan.


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MPO Planners on the Move
Education, Outreach & Events

Memphis MPO participated in the following activities:

January 10: Mid-South Greenprint Meeting
January 13-15: Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy
January 22: Talking Freight Webinar
January 27: MATA Board Meeting
January 30: FHWA-MS Project Tours

February 6: ETC Meeting
February 6: ATAC Meeting
February 10: Clean Memphis Outreach Meeting
February 13: CMAQ Grant Meeting
February 19: MDOT State Freight Committee Meeting
February 20: TPB Meeting
February 21: Healthy Shelby Meeting
February 26-27: CFIRE Freight Symposium

March 4: Shelby County Health Dept. SIP Public Meeting
March 6: Low-Impact Development Workshop
March 17: Healthy Shelby Meeting
March 20: TPB Meeting
March 24-26: Nat'l Freight Advisory Committee Meeting
March 26: Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update Meeting
March 27: MPO Freight Advisory Committee Meeting
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MPO Quarterly Newsletter
Volume V, Issue I
April 2014
In This Issue
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Did You Know?

It's easy to receive updates on the regional transportation topics that interest you!

It is easy to JOIN THE MPO CONTACT LIST to receive periodic email updates on regional transportation planning and related matters that are important to you.

Simply go to the Memphis MPO website and click on the JOIN OUR CONTACT LIST at the bottom of the page. There you will be provided a list of transportation topics to choose from.

Interest Groups include:

Air Quality
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Long Range Planning
Public Participation

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MPO Projects
& Tasks

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LIVABILITY 2040: Regional Transportation Plan
2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
ITS Architecture Update
Congestion Management Plan (CMP) Update
Bike-Ped Plan Update

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Focus on Livability

Learn about Livability and how it relates to transportation planning in the following three videos (click text to follow the link):

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MPO Staff

Pragati Srivastava

Sajid Hossain
Transportation Planner

Kate Horton
Transportation Planner

Andrew Ray
Transportation Planner

Mitchell Lloyd
Transportation Planner

Kwasi Agyakwa
Transportation Planner

Kyle Wagenschutz
Bike Pedestrian Coordinator

Notimba Brooks
Grants Coordinator

Linda Lawrence
Administrative Tech

Ann Deberry
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MPO Calendar
(April through June, 2014)

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