The Coordinated Public Transit‐Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT_HSTP) for the Greater Memphis Region by the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has been chosen as one of ten award winners of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program. View the congratulatory letter the MPO received from The Federal Highway Administration.
The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program is a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and co‐sponsored by the American Planning Association. The program provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding transportation planning practices performed by planners and decision makers in communities across the country. Nominations are judged on seven criteria:
- Community, Public Involvement, and Partnerships
- Context Sensitive Solutions
- Innovation and Effectiveness
- Implementation and Implementation Strategy
- Potential for Long‐Term Benefits
- For more information on the awards program, visit the FHWA’s TPEA Webpage.
2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Award
The CPT‐HSTP demonstrates a cooperative and comprehensive effort to establish a process that addresses the transportation needs of disadvantaged communities. The purpose of the CPT‐HSTP is to create a better transit system for transportation disadvantaged populations: older adults, persons with disabilities and persons of low‐income. This includes evaluating the existing paratransit, demand response transportation, human service agency, non‐profit, and private for‐profit providers. Similarly, the current service gaps and challenges faced by transportation disadvantaged populations are assessed. Using the information gathered, a catalog of strategies is created to address those gaps and challenges. Lastly, the plan prioritizes strategies and activities for funding and implementation.
The development of the plan was a collective effort between the Memphis MPO, the West Memphis MPO, the West Tennessee RPO, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The current CPT‐HSTP was adopted on May 5, 2016. For more information regarding the plan, see Memphis MPO's CPT‐HSTP Webpage.
For more information, visit the 2017 FHWA TPEA Winners Webpage.