Quarterly Newsletter - September 2021
2050 Regional Transportation Plan Update Begins
The update to the Memphis MPO’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) has officially kicked off! The 2050 Regional Transportation Plan is a long-range transportation plan, which identifies goals, priorities, and projects for all modes of transportation in the Memphis region. The RTP is a federally required document, which is updated every four years, provides a minimum 20-year planning horizon, remains fiscally constrained, and meets air quality conformity regulations. The current Livability 2050: Regional Transportation Plan was adopted in September 2019 and the update to the 2050 RTP is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2023. 

Opportunities for public input and participation will be available throughout the development of the plan. Be on the lookout for information from the MPO on ways to provide input on long-range transportation investment priorities for the Memphis region!
Transportation Improvement Program FY 2023-26

The Memphis MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year, fiscally constrained, short-range program, with a prioritized listing of multimodal transportation projects that includes road, resurfacing, signalization, bridge, bicycle & pedestrian, transit, and safety. The TIP is cooperatively developed every four-years and approved by the MPO Board and the Governors of Tennessee and Mississippi.

Along with prioritized listing, the TIP also provides an overview of how transportation revenues will be invested over a four-year period by state and local agencies that have legal responsibility to build, operate, and maintain that state's highway, street, and public transit systems.

The development of the Memphis MPO’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-26 TIP officially began in August 2021! For more information, check out this quick video! Also, visit the MPO’s TIP webpage for more information on the development of the TIP and opportunities to participate: https://memphismpo.org/plans/fy-2023-26-tip-dev
Headlines
The City of Memphis, State of Tennessee, and their design consultant Stantec polled citizens Thursday, Sept. 9, for ideas on how to make Summer Avenue safer and more comfortable and convenient for cyclists, walkers and transit riders as well as motorists.

Southaven FY22 budget includes street repair funding
Southaven Board of Aldermen adopted an $87 million spending plan for 2022 that includes more money for street overlays.

The Town of Collierville has agreed to buy 99 acres of land south of the Wolf River for $2,700 an acre in an effort to continue the prominent Greenway Trail.
The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the purchase during a regularly scheduled semimonthly meeting.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, on board commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through January 18, 2022.

Snowden Grove and the Silo Square community as the bridge span on the Snowden pedestrian bridge was lifted in place. Contractors hosted the steel bridge span high above the intersection of Getwell and May Boulevard.
Program & Funding Opportunities
US Economic Development Administration Tourism Grants
Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds are allocated to support the following efforts:
 
Competitive Tourism Grants: $240 million to help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.
 
Eligible applicants for EDA’s Competitive Tourism Grants program include a(n):
 
  • District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District
  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
 
Please find out more about the grant opportunity at https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/ the suggested application submission date is March 15, 2022.  

TDOT Transportation Alternatives Program
TDOT's Transportation Alternatives Programs funds projects that improve access and provide a better quality of life for people in the state of Tennessee. Examples include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, conservation of abandoned railway corridors to trails, scenic turnouts and overlooks, and historic preservation and rehab of historic transportation facilities, and archaeological activities. Read more here. Submissions are due by October 1, 2021.
MPO Planners On the Job

June:

Virtual Meetings:
2:Statewide IAC Call
7:BLDG Memphis Pedestrian Project Planning
10:Memphis Transportation Management Association Advisory Committee Meeting
11:TDOT MPO Monthly Conference Call
11:TDOT SHSP Quarterly Meeting
22: MATA Board Meeting
24 :City of Memphis Summer Avenue Complete Street Kick-Off Meeting

Webinars:
4:FHWA NEPA Permitting Collaboration Tool Webinar
30:FHWA Webinar - Assessment on the Effectiveness of Performance-Based Planning and Programming

July:

Virtual Meetings:
6: Volpe Center (FHWA) Meeting on Memphis Performance Measures
7: TN MPO Bike/Ped Coordinators Meeting
7:TDOT CMAQ 2021 Review Team Kick-Off Call
8:TDOT Bike/Ped Counter Program Site Visit in Bartlett
9:TDOT Monthly Coordination Call
9:TDOT Bike/Ped Counter Program Site Visit in Memphis
22:AMPO Active Transportation Working Group
27:MATA Board Meeting


Webinars:
21:FHWA TPM Webinar
21:The Evolution of VPI During the Covid-19 Pandemic: State DOT Practices and Lessons Learned Webinar
27: AMPO General Membership Webinar


August:

Virtual Meetings
4: Statewide IAC Call
4:TDOT Office of Mobility and Accessible Transportation Focus Group-Older Adults
5:Office of Mobility and Accessible Transportation Focus Group: Transportation Access for Individuals with Disabilities
6: RTP Kick Off Meeting
10:Summer Avenue corridor study advisory committee meeting
12:AMPO Active Transportation Working Group
24:MATA Board Meeting
25:Mississippi Freight Advisory Committee Meeting
25:City of Memphis Pedestrian Advisory Group
26:Tennessee Highway Safety Office with NHTSA Pedestrian Task Force Group

Webinars:
5:Accessible Pedestrian Trails and Shared Use Path Webinar
Upcoming Events:
November 4 ETC Meeting, location TBD
November 18: TPB Meeting, location TBD
November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holiday - MPO Offices will be Closed
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Meeting Calendar
October - December 2021