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Congestion Management Process (CMP)

Reducing Congestion in the Mid-South

Memphis interstate traffic


The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a performance planning process that addresses congestion and mobility within the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) planning boundary. Preparation of the Congestion Management Process is required by the federal transportation legislation known as Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and the Metropolitan Planning Code of Federal Regulations (23CFR 450.322) of the United States Department of Transportation. 

The Memphis MPO's CMP is intended to be a systematic and regionally accepted approach for managing congestion that provides accurate and up-to-date information on transportation system performance, and assesses alternative strategies for congestion management that meet state, regional, and local needs.

2015 Congestion Management Process (CMP)

The Memphis MPO is committed to maintaining a CMP that emphasizes the need to link the effective management and operations of transportation systems to the planning process, environmental review process, travel demand management as well as other related disciplines. On August 27, 2015, the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis MPO adopted the 2015 Congestion Management Process.

2015 CMP: Adopted August 27, 2015

2015 CMP Appendix: Adopted August 27, 2015

As part of the CMP, a Multimodal Strategy Toolbox was developed to help agencies in the region combat congestion and mobility issues. Strategies to increase mobility fall in the categories listed below:

  • Demand Management
    • ​Smart growth and Land use
    • Commuter programs
  • Operational Improvements
    • ​Operational improvements & ITS
    • Incident management
    • Intersection improvements
    • Freight improvements
  • Multimodal Strategies
    • ​Transit improvements
    • Bicycle & Pedestrian facilities
  • Strategic Capacity Enhancements
    • ​General purpose lanes
    • Dedicated lanes

2020 Congestion Management Process (CMP)

The Memphis MPO is in the process of updating the 2015 Congestion Management Process (CMP). The 2020 CMP will aim to improve the MPO's ability to identify regional congestion issues and primary sources of congestion, monitor and assess the effectiveness of existing congestion management strategies, and implement proven congestion management strategies through its programming process.

Congestion Management Process Steering Committee
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Presentations Meeting Materials

It is anticipated the 2020 CMP will be adotped in Summer 2020.

Biennial Reports

The Memphis MPO also publishes a biennial CMP Report to provide the public and stakeholders a snapshot of the region's congestion and mobility issues.

2018 Congestion Management Process Report

Reporte 2018 del Proceso de Gestión de Congestión

2016 Congestion Management Process Report

Reporte 2016 del Proceso de Gestión de Congestión 

Public input is key to help identify congestion and mobility issues in the region. To join our mailing list, please select the following link.

Contact Information

If you would like more information on the plan and its development you can contact:

Nick Warren
Transportation Planner

Mavrick Fitzgerald
Transportation Planner

Jordan Smith
Transportation Planner

You can also contact any of the Transportation Planners with the Memphis MPO, visit the Staff Webpage for contact information.




Contact Us

Mailing Address:

125 North Main St., Suite 450
Memphis, TN 38103
Tel: (901) 636.7190
Fax: (901) 636.7272

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