Quarterly Newsletter - December 2021
2050 Regional Transportation Plan Update Begins
With the update to the Memphis MPO's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) underway, staff have created a four-part video series, telling the story of transportation projects - past, present, and future - that have shaped and will impact the regional transportation system. "Part 1: 10 Year Investment History - On the Ground" reviews a decade of major federally funded transportation projects, demonstrating how they have improved mobility in the region and the performance of the overall transportation system.

View part 1 of the series below, and stay tuned for parts 2, 3, and 4!
For more information, view the RTP website here.
Transportation Improvement Program Call for Applications

The Memphis MPO is currently developing the FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), covering October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2026. A call for project applications is now open from eligible project sponsors. The application period will run from November 22, 2021 through January 12, 2022. Projects submitted will be evaluated and scored using the TIP Project Prioritization Criteria, which was approved by the MPO's Transportation Policy Board (TPB) at the November 18, 2021 meeting.

For more information, visit the Memphis MPO website.
Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

Memphis MPO's Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) for the fiscal year 2021 is now available. The ALOP features a comprehensive list of federally funded regional projects that obligated funds during the federal fiscal year.

The information (project name and identification numbers, project location, project description, and the amount of funds programmed in the TIP) included in the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects is consistent with the project listing in the MPO's TIP. Fund obligations are a measure of the progress being made on a project. FY 2021 total obligation was $123,477,961.73. The largest portion of this was for transit projects, with Mississippi road projects and Tennessee ITS/Safety/Signal projects the next two largest categories. View the Memphis MPO's Annual Listing of Obligated Projects here.
Headlines
On November 15th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also referred to as Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law. The bill will rebuild America's roads, bridges, and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. 

The University Neighborhoods Development Corp. (UNDC) recently announced plans to start the $6.5 million Highland Streetscapes Improvement project. Improvements will include a raised traffic speed table at the Midland Avenue and Highland Street intersection along with a new mast arm traffic signal — similar to the signal at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Germantown Road in Germantown. Two additional crosswalks with signals will be constructed on Highland Street.

DeSoto County is in the process of acquiring right-of-way along Star Landing Road for the project, which will turn the thoroughfare into a four-lane, tree-lined boulevard from Highway 51 west to the railroad bridge. The road project also will include a 10-foot wide sidewalk.

The Tennessee General Assembly approved on Oct. 20 incentives and infrastructure funding for Ford Motor Co. and South Korean battery company SK Innovation's planned 3,600-acre Blue Oval City campus. The project is set to be a $5.6 billion investment by Ford and SK Innovation at the Regional Megasite of West Tennessee, creating 5,800 new jobs.

Major retailers like Target Corp. and Walmart Inc., faced with the challenge of keeping stores stocked amid a snarled global supply chain, are going so far as to charter their own container ships.
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 this program, including $240 million in Competitive Tourism Grants. The grant is designed 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 local governments engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities or a consortium of local or state and local governments. Please find out more about the grant opportunity at https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/ The suggested application submission date is January 31, 2022.  

TDOT Urban Transportation Planning Grant Program
The Urban Transportation Planning Grant program is intended to assist jurisdictions (both municipalities and counties) located within a Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Planning Area to identify needs and promote solutions that lead to an interconnected community with efficient modes of transportation.- Grants are available for up to $200,000 for planning services with a 90% State/10% Local match. The deadline to apply is December 30, 2021. For more information, visit TDOT's application website.
MPO Planners On the Job

September:

8-9:TDOT Statewide MPO Conference

Virtual Meetings:
13:TDOT ETIP Training
16:TDOT TSMO Meeting
21:TDOT Freight Advisory Committee Meeting
27: TDOT ETIP Training
28:Summer Avenue Focus Group
29:TDOT Freight Advisory Committee Meeting

Webinars:
20:FHWA Highway Information Seminar


October:

4-8: AMPO Annual Conference
14: City of Memphis Summer Avenue Corridor Study Walking Tour
28: MDOT Statewide MPO Meeting

Virtual Meetings:
14: AMPO Active Transportation Working Group Coffee Chat
15: TDOT Monthly Coordination Call
26:EPA Moves Model Workshop
26:EUPWP Meeting
26:MATA Board Meeting

Webinars:
13:FHWA FHFS Webinar
19:NEPA Rule Webinar
20: TAM Webinar


November:

18: ETC and TPB

Virtual Meetings
4: PPP Peer Exchange with NCTCOG
9:MS Statewide Freight Plan Industry Forum
10:Bike/Walk Memphis Interest Meeting
17:Bike Advocacy Council

Webinars:
4:NPMRDS Webinar
Upcoming Events:
December 24 & 27 - Holiday - MPO Offices will be Closed
December 31 - Holiday - MPO Offices will be Closed
February 24: TPB & ETC Meeting, location TBD
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Meeting Calendar
January - March 2022