Quarterly Newsletter - June 2021
Memphis Innovation Corridor
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Land Use Plan
On Tuesday, May 11, the City of Memphis held a second meeting on the Memphis Innovation Corridor Transit-Oriented Development Land Use Plan. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a type of development with a mix of uses such as housing, employment centers, restaurants, shops, services, public spaces, and entertainment within easy walking distance to transit stops. The overall goals of TOD are: increase population and building density, decrease the dependency on cars, and encourage other types of transportation such as walking, biking, and transit. This document is meant to plan and promote such development along the corridor of the mConnect Bus Rapid Transit line (a part of the Innovation Corridor project) that is under development. This BRT service will improve bus frequencies, reliability, and amenities along the line serving downtown, the medical district, and the University of Memphis. At the meeting, attendees got a first look at some of the land use and design concepts that are emerging through the Memphis Innovation Corridor TOD planning process, heard progress updates from the consultant team, learned how the TOD plan will build connections between mConnect bus rapid transit stations and their surrounding neighborhoods, and shared their thoughts on the preliminary concepts. You can learn more or access meeting materials at the Memphis 3.0 or the mConnect websites.
MPO Biteable Videos

New Memphis MPO's Biteable videos are now live on both YouTube and on our website.

The Land Use and Transportation video explain how the MPO incorporates land use information to identify future transportation needs that can help prioritize investments. Take a look at the new Land Use and Transportation video to learn more about how the MPO considers land use in its planning process.

Our video on Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) provides a basic introduction to strategies to alleviate congestion that do not involve expansion but rather data gathering and traffic management. Watch the video to learn about these strategies and how the MPO provides coordination and resources to make them happen.
New MPO Planner
Ethan Greene is an East Tennessee native with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief stint working in digital media in Washington DC, he pursued his Masters in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University in South Carolina. 

Ethan moved to the Memphis area as the Planning Director of the City of Horn Lake. In March, Ethan joined the Memphis MPO as a transportation planner working on transit and performance measures. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike and playing pub trivia. 
Headlines
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that they are issuing new guidance that clarifies the eligibility of transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. The USDOT’s Build America Bureau (Bureau) developed this guidance for public and private entities seeking loans for transit-oriented development projects through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) programs. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation remind the traveling public that at this time if you travel, you are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. CDC guidance is clear that fully vaccinated people are safe to travel and can resume travel. 

For a limited time, Explore Bike Share is offering a $120 annual membership that includes options for both smart “Explore” bikes and eBikes for unlimited 60-minute rides. eBikes are available for rental at Shelby Farms Park, Overton Park, Mud Island River Park, and Big River Crossing.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds for a Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. The funds will support planning efforts that help connect communities, improve access to public transportation and affordable housing, and support climate change, advance environmental justice, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities. The application period ends on Monday, June 21, 2021.
Program & Funding Opportunities
The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $8.9 billion for twelve rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact. The grant deadline ends on July 15, 2021.
MPO Planners On the Job

March:

Virtual Meetings:
2:TDOT Congestion Action Call
3: Tennessee Bike/Ped Coordinators Meeting
11:TDOT Final Review Meeting for SR-385 SmartWay ITS Expansion
17:Safety PM Conference Call
18:Innovation Corridor Public Meeting
23:MATA Board Meeting
25:Tennessee Aviation System Plan (TASP) Advisory Committee (AC) Meeting
30:Knoxville TPO Pavement Management Workshop

Webinars:
3:Census Bureau Updates Webinar
8:AMPO Public Involvement Webinar
10:FHWA HIP-CRRSAA Guidance Webinar
17:Talking Freight Webinar - Trending Research in Freight Transportation Planning & Logistics Confirmation
17:AASHTO Webinar: The Intersection of Risk and Performance Management
18:MUTCD Amendments Webinar
25: Safety/HSIP Webinar
25: MUTCD Amendments Webinar

April:

Virtual Meetings:
7: Statewide IAC Call
8: Knoxville TPO Pavement Management Workshop
15:Knoxville TPO Pavement Management Workshop
19:TNMUG Meeting
21:TDOT PM1 Meeting
23:Knoxville TPO Pavement Management Workshop
26:Knoxville TPO Pavement Management Workshop
27:MATA Board Meeting
30:TDOT MPO Monthly Conference Call

Webinars:
1:MUTCD Webinar
9:EPA Community-Port Collaboration Resources to Address Diesel Pollution Webinar


May:

Virtual Meetings
3: TN Data Working Group Call
6:Bicycle Advocacy Council Quarterly Meeting
10:MDOT Call CARES Funding
13:WMPO Meeting
17:Performance Measures Workshop
25:MATA Board Meeting
26:City of Memphis Pedestrian Advocacy Council Meeting

Webinars:
4:Engaging Traditionally Underserved Communities using Virtual Public Involvement
6:NPMRDS Webinar
18: Building Local Climate Resilience Webinar
18:Raise Grant Webinar


Upcoming Events:
July 5: Independence Day Holiday - MPO Offices will be Closed
August 19 ETC Meeting, location TBD
August 19: TPB Meeting, location TBD
September 6: Labor Day Holiday - MPO Offices will be Closed
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Meeting Calendar
July - September 2021