Quarterly Newsletter - September 2020
Interactive Webmaps
The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has recently updated its interactive webmaps! The interactive webmaps enable users to view major regional intermodal transportation facilities, non-motorized transportation facilities within the region, projects included in the Memphis MPO's FY 2020-23 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and 2050 Livability Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), and more! Users can print or export maps to PDFs, images, or PowerPoint slides directly through the site. To access the interactive webmaps, or for more information regarding the use of the interactive webmaps, visit the Memphis MPO’s website
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MPO TA FY2020 Call for Projects
Memphis MPO Opens Transportation Alternatives FY 2021 Call for Projects

The Memphis MPO will have a Call for Projects for Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation Alternative (TA) funds in the Tennessee and Mississippi portions of the MPO Planning Area. The Call will run from November 9 – December 11. TA provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives.
 
After the application period closes, the Memphis MPO staff will work with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to review and select projects.

MPO ITS Architecture
MPO Releases YouTube Video

MPO staff have been producing short, simple, informational videos that explain our plans and initiatives. This one explains how the Memphis MPO plans for new and emerging transportation technology. Through our regional ITS Architecture, we help make transportation safer and more efficient. Check out the video here.
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Census Reminder
Walk&RollPlan
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. The Census is federally mandated by the U.S. Constitution to count population every 10 years. The outcome determines how many seats in Congress each state gets and assists in determining how federal funding is apportioned to states and communities each year.

To learn more about the Census and how to participate, please visit 2020census.gov or click here!
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Rolling On: Regional Walk and Roll Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan
Statewide Active Transportation Plan
The draft plan document is ready for review! We invite stakeholders and the public to check out the plan and submit comments or questions from Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, October 14.

To access the draft and for more information on the Walk and Roll Plan, visit our website. Thanks to all who have participated so far in this planning effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility in our region.
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TDOT Statewide Active Transportation Plan
Planners on the Job
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is developing a Statewide Active Transportation Plan that includes walking, bicycling, and traveling by personal mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters. TDOT has conducted outreach efforts and now seeks public input through a Virtual Open House.

To participate in the Statewide Active Transportation Plan Virtual Open House, please visit TDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Resources webpage here to watch a brief video presentation, take a short online survey, and make comments on an interactive map between now and October 7th.


If you have any questions, you may contact TDOT’s Active Transportation Coordinator, Rochelle Carpenter at Rochelle.Carpenter@tn.gov. 
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Headlines
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the release of the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP). It is the latest effort by the Department and the Trump Administration to strengthen America’s economic competitiveness. The NFSP lays out a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce, and other essential parts of the freight system. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation today published a Notice of Funding Opportunity that provides up to $50 million in grants for commuter rail agencies working to improve safety at railway-highway crossings. Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2020.

41-page report issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission outlines both the barriers and opportunities for establishing high voltage transmission lines in the nation’s transportation corridors.

Highway rights-of-way are commonly used to accommodate public utilities, such as phone lines, electrical lines and pipelines. Expanding their use to include wireless broadband technology is a “critical next step” in advancing connectivity in rural America, noted FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason in a statement.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) team up to promote hurricane preparedness by urging residents to get a plan in place before a hurricane threatens.

Autonomous vehicle (AV) companies are emerging from a tumultuous period defined by layoffs, delayed timelines and consolidations, but the industry remains hamstrung by lack of physical and digital infrastructure, a panel of investors said during this week’s virtual Automated Vehicles Symposium.
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Program & Funding Opportunities
The Champions Institute
Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity are now accepting applications for the Champions Institute, a new initiative for elected officials focused on safe streets and healthy communities. The Champions Institute will serve to prepare mayors, city council people, tribal representatives, and other local elected-officials to act as champions supporting plans, policies, and funding that promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, as part of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. Apply here.  Deadline: September 17

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. Deadline: October 2
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MPO Planners On the Job

August:

Virtual Meetings
20: Virtual ETC and TPB Meetings
27: TDOT MPO Conference: Planning and Environmental Linkages

Webinars:
6: TDEC Transportation for All
12: TPM System Performance Measures


June:

Virtual Meetings:
10: City of Memphis Pedestrian Advocacy Council Meeting
23: Middle-West Stakeholder Meeting for I-40 Alternative Fuels
24: TDOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan Committee Meeting
24: AMPO Connected/Automated Vehicle Subcommittee
25: TDOT MPO Conference

Webinars:
8: AMPO Public Involvement Working Group
11: Walkability and Health: Building Strong, Vibrant and Resilient Communities


July:

Virtual Meetings:
8: TDOT Statewide Freight Advisory Committee
16: TDOT/MPO Traffic Operations Committee 

Webinars:
8: FHWA Data Business Planning Workshop
8: USDOT Summit on Pedestrian Safety
20: Improving Transit System State of Good Repair
30: FHWA Congestion Management Technologies Program Solicitation

August:

Virtual Meetings
20: Virtual ETC and TPB Meetings
27: TDOT MPO Conference: Planning and Environmental Linkages

Webinars:
6: TDEC Transportation for All
12: TPM System Performance Measures

Upcoming Events:
November 11: Veterans Day - MPO Offices will be Closed
November 5: ETC Meeting, location TBD
November 19: TPB Meeting, location TBD
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Did You Know?
You can receive periodic email updates on regional transportation planning issues!
Contact us if you have a question or need information on an MPO plan/study!
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Meeting Calendar
October - December 2020
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