Quarterly Newsletter - September 2018

Memphis MPO Receives National Award for Excellence in Coordination & Partnership!

The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) has recognized the outstanding efforts of the Memphis Urban Area MPO for our strong collaborative projects and practices!

The Memphis MPO relies on coordination and partnerships to regularly bring together three State DOTs, two MPOs, five counties, multiple federal agencies, over a dozen cities and towns, and various transportation agencies to develop short and long-term plans that meet community objectives.

Examples of the strong coordination recognized by AMPO include:
CMAQ PM3 Subpart G: Traffic Congestion Working Group
The Memphis MPO spearheaded the process by coordinating a highly technical discussion between three FHWA Divisions, three State DOTs, and the West Memphis MPO to set single-unified targets for the tri-state Memphis, TN-MS-AR Urbanized Area.
Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan

The Memphis MPO's Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan went beyond the MPO's boundaries to encompass the tri-state area, achieving a truly regional perspective, while also including truckers and residents across the entire region.
Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan involved a partnership between three states, two MPOs, and dozens of agencies across twenty counties focusing on needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and communities of low-income.
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Keep a Look Out!
Livability 2050: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
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Memphis MPO Staff have been hard at work developing the Livability 2050: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)!

In addition to the input from 300+ Survey Respondents and 75 Public Workshop Attendees, Staff have been collecting information on existing conditions; including safety, bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure, transit service, and congestion.

Keep a lookout for the next round of public meetings! And be sure to like our Facebook Page , follow us on Twitter , and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see other ways you can stay involved! #Livability2050
Former Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. Honored for Service
MPO certificate of recognition to Mayor Mark Luttrell
The Memphis MPO was pleased to award Former Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. with a Certificate of Recognition for his years of service to the Memphis MPO as Chairman of the Transportation Policy Board (TPB).

Former Mayor Luttrell was recognized for his outstanding commitment and invaluable contributions to public service and regional cooperation while on the TPB.

We extend our sincere gratitude for his years of leadership and devotion to the TPB, Shelby County, and the Mid-South, and for his active participation in regional planning efforts.
Patrick Besselievre
New Transportation Planner!
Patrick joined the Memphis MPO as a Transportation Planner in mid-July. A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing from Mississippi State University. He then went on to receive his Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. He has completed internships with the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi and the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Patrick is a lifelong Bulldog fan who rarely misses an opportunity to return to Starkville, MS. You may often find him tailgating in "The Junction" or watching Arsenal FC with his supporter's club at The Brass Door.

His work at the MPO will focus on Freight Planning and the Unified Planning Work Program. He is very excited to be a part of the Memphis MPO team, and for the arrival of Memphis 901 FC!
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2017 Tennessee Department of Transportation CMAQ Grants
The Tennessee Department of Transportation recently awarded over $25 million in federal funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program to Memphis area agencies!

  • Shelby County Health Department - Air Quality Outreach
  • Innovate Memphis - Commute Options Travel Demand Management Initiative
  • City of Memphis - New Traffic Signals
  • City of Memphis - Democrat Road Signal System
  • City of Memphis - Hollywood Street Project
  • City of Memphis - Watkins-Presley On Street Project
  • University of Memphis - Bike Share: Installation and Promotion of Campus Smart Bike Share
  • Memphis Area Transit Authority - Fixed-Route Bus Electrification Project
  • Memphis Area Transit Authority - Fixed-Route Bus Electrification and Aerotropolis Shuttle Service

The Memphis MPO is currently coordinating with our partner agencies to amend the awarded projects into the MPO's FY 2017-20 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
#MemFix4 Time Lapse
The $245 million modernization, including a new concourse and upgrades such as moving walkways, children's play area, performance stage, and lounge for patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is expected to take 30 months.

Olive Branch Airport was awarded $14.9 million in a recent round of Airport Improvement Program funding by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

The improvements include widening Forest Hill-Irene from Winchester to Poplar Pike, making it a four-lane road divided by a median. The improvements will include bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $4.8 million in grants , administered through the Maritime Administration (MARAD), that will help advance the Marine Highway program.

MATA will receive $13.9 million over an initial three-year period to fund the project, and then another $6 million over the next three years to fund the operation of the new route.
MPO Planners on the Move
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FHWA + MPO ITS Architecture Workshop
2018 West Cancer Center Fight On Fundraiser
2018 West Cancer Center Fight On Fundraiser
MDOT STIP Public Meeting Batesville, MS
MDOT STIP Public Meeting Batesville, MS
6 : Statewide IAC Conference Call
7 : MPO IAC Conference Call
11 : Webinar - AMPO Public Involvement Working Group
12 : Webinar - National Economic Partnerships Initiative
12 : Webinar - Air Quality Technical Assistance - Part 1
18 : Webinar - Air Quality Technical Assistance - Part 2
18 : Webinar - MDOT RITIS Demo/Training
20 : Webinar - FHWA Talking Freight
25 : Webinar - Performance Based Planning and Programming
26 : MATA Board Meeting
26-27 : FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation
10 : West Memphis MPO--Joint Policy & Technical Coordinating Committee Meeting
11 : Webinar - Transit Asset Management Plans
12 : Webinar - General Transit Feed Specifications
19-20 : FHWA+ MPO ITS Architecture Workshop
24 : MS Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholder Meeting
24 : AMPO Freight Working Group Conference Call
26 : Regional Transportation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
26 : MATA Board Meeting
26 : Transportation Provider Focus Group
August :
1 : Statewide IAC Conference Call
2 : MDOT STIP Public Meeting
8 : Webinar - Growing Call for Slower Speed Webinar
14 : COM Pedestrian Advocacy Council Meeting
15 : FHWA-TIM Self Assessment
16 : TDOT Quarterly Active Transportation and Community Health Webinar
27 : Health Equity Collaborative
28 : Big Jump Project Public Workshop
29-30 : TDOT Statewide MPO Quarterly Meeting
30 : MATA Board Meeting
Upcoming Events in 2018:
October 16: RTP Advisory Committee (RTPAC) Meeting #4
October 18-19 : 2018 MDOT MPO Meeting
November 1 : Engineering and Technical Committee (ETC) Meeting
November 12 : Veterans Day (US) - MPO Offices will be Closed
November 15 : Transportation Policy Board (TPB) Meeting
November 22-23 : Thanksgiving (US) - MPO Offices will be Closed
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Memphis MPO Staff

Pragati Srivastava

Sajid Hossain
Transportation Planner

Kate Horton
Transportation Planner

Zylavian Watley
Transportation Planner

Jordan Smith 
Transportation Planner

Alvan-Bidal Sanchez 
Transportation Planner

Mavrick Fitzgerald
Transportation Planner

Nick Warren
Transportation Planner

Patrick Besselievre
Transportation Planner

Notimba Brooks
Grants Coordinator 

Ann Deberry
Administrative Assistant

Betty Turner 
Administrative Technician
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