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The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted the Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) on January 28, 2016. The RTP is a multi-modal transportation plan for the region through the year 2040. Although required by Federal law to be updated a minimum of every four years, the RTP’s planning horizon is 20 years. For the MPO's Planning Area, all transportation improvements to be funded by the state and federal governments are included in the plan.
The RTP, which is updated every four years is a planning document that assesses the current and projected future demand on the region's transportation system and establishes a fiscally constrained plan of action to guide the development of transportation projects for the next 25 years. Its preparation involves an integrated planning process that evaluates short term and long term strategies that lead to the development of an integrated multimodal transportation system to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in addressing current and future transportation demand. The LIVABILITY 2040 Regional Transportation Plan embraces the livability principles to ensure that the planning process cultivates and sustains livable communities.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) defines livable communities as “places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments have been coordinated so that people have access to adequate, affordable and environmentally sustainable travel options.”
The Livability Principles are:
Following is the Livability 2040: RTP documents, which were adopted by the Memphis MPO's Transportation Policy Board (TPB) on January 28, 2016. The RTP is available for viewing and download at the links below. The first link is for the entire document (222 pages), except for the appendices. Due to the file size of 35.4 MB, download times may be slow.
Livabilty 2040: RTP (35.4 MB)
For your convenience, the various chapters and sections of the RTP are provided here for individual download.
|Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan|
|Cover, Table of Contents, and Lists of Tables and Figures||Chapter 1: Introduction|
|Chapter 2: Public Participation||Chapter 3: Performance-Based Plan Approach|
|Chapter 4: System Conditions and Investment Needs||Chapter 5: Investment Solutions|
|Chapter 6: Alternative Investment Concept Analysis||Chapter 7: Financially Feasible Plan|
|Chapter 8: Investment Priorities||Chapter 9: Plan Performance|
|Chapter 10: Congestion Management Process||Chapter 11: Air Quality|
Appendix D - G: Supplemental Pavement and Bridge Information; Projects with Environmental Impacts; Projects with Environmental Justice Area Impacts; Congestion Management Process Analysis Summary Table
The approved Livability 2040: RTP can be modified through the life of the plan as priorities for the region change and funding, for example, becomes available for a project. Amendments require public review and analysis of air quality impacts. Following is the current Livability 2040: RTP, which has been updated to include any amendments that have been made since the RTP was approved. The Livability 2040 RTP Amendment Table details the amendments that have been made.
Livability 2040 RTP Amendments
|TPB Date||Amended RTP Pages||Fed. Approval|
The Memphis MPO received the Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Air Quality Conformity Determination for Shelby County letter from the Tennessee Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in coordination with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV, for the amended Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan and Fiscal Year FY 2017-20 TIP on December 21, 2017.
The Air Quality Conformity Determination for the adopted Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan was received on March 15, 2016. The equivalent letter for DeSoto County was received on March 24, 2016. The letters are provided at the links below. This determination means that the RTP has been found to be in conformity with Federal air quality regulations by the responsible Federal agencies.
Livability 2040: RTP Conformity Finding Letter (Shelby County) as Amended 11.15.18
Livability 2040: RTP Conformity Finding Letter (Shelby County) as Adopted 01.28.16
Livability 2040: RTP Conformity Finding Letter (DeSoto County) as Amended 11.15.18
Livability 2040: RTP Conformity Finding Letter (DeSoto County) as Adopted 01.28.16
The livability initiative is supported by local officials throughout the Greater Memphis area. Their views on livability and what it means to them can be seen following the links below: