LIVABILITY 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Update

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The Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is quickly approaching the finish line of its nearly two-year development. The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Organization (MPO) hosted a second round of public meetings in July to present the draft plan's findings and recommendations to the public. The meetings were held at mpo public meeting various locations throughout the MPO area in order to cover a broader range of the public. During these meetings, the public was briefed on the progress of the RTP and how public engagement has helped to guide thprocess.

The Memphis MPO is gearing up for the third and final round of public meetings, which are anticipated in mpo staff discusses projects November 2015 in order to coincide with the release of the plan for public review. Keep checking the Memphis MPO's website for updates on the RTP process. The site can be accessed here
Memphis MPO/MATA Bus Stop Study
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The Memphis MPO, in partnership with the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), will begin to develop a set of guidelines and standards concerning the location, accessibility, and design of bus stop facilities such as, shelters, seating, signage, bike racks, lighting, trash receptacles, and other customer amenities such as ticket vending machines, schedule information, and real-time passenger information. 

The design guidelines are intended to improve transit service efficiency and operations. The Memphis MPO and MATA hope that these guidelines will improve accessibility and convenience for current and future transit users.
Congestion Management Process (CMP) Approved

Memphis interstate traffic

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) addresses congestion and mobility within the Memphis MPO Area. As a metropolitan planning area with a population over 200,000, the Memphis MPO is required to maintain a CMP as part of its ongoing transportation planning process. The goal of the CMP is to identify various strategies that can be implemented to help manage traffic congestion in a variety of conditions. The CMP was brought before the Transportation Policy Board on August 27th and approved by the board. As part of the CMP, the Memphis MPO will release a biannual report, for the public and the stakeholders, that will provide a snapshot of the current congestion and mobility trends in the MPO area.

Click here to find out more information about the CMP and to view the document.
Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP) Public Outreach
Memphis trolley
The update process to the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP) kicked off on April 15, 2015. The CHSTP for the MPO region is being prepared by engaging public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers. The Plan provides a base to support funding and transit projects that assist the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.
A first round of meetings to gather public input was held in July. The Memphis MPO, along with State DOT's, will hold a second round of public meetings in October 2015. The meeting times and locations are listed below:
Date: October 6
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Southaven Public Library
8554 Northwest Dr. Southaven, MS, 38671  

Date: October 6
Time: 5:30pm
Location: West Memphis Civic Center
228 West Polk  Avenue, West Memphis, AR, 72301

Date: October 7
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Central Station Board Room
545 South Main Street, Memphis, TN, 38103
Presentation at these meetings will include findings of the public outreach and data analysis as well as draft strategies for identifying service gaps and unmet needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.
Click here to view the CHSTP's project webpage.

MPO Planners on the Move
Education, Outreach & Events

Memphis MPO participated in the following activities during the months of July - September:

July 7: CHSTP Public Meeting
July 21: RTP Public Meeting in Collierville
July 21: RTP Public Meeting in Cordova, Memphis 
July 22: RTP Public Meeting in Millington
July 22: RTP Public Meeting in Orange Mound, Memphis
July 27: MATA Board Meeting
July 28: ATAC Meeting
July 29: FHWA Webinar Sustainable Pavements 
July 29: FHWA Traffic Incident Management Self-Assessment
July 30: FHWA- USDOT Webinar Safety Service Patrol Tool

August 5: Statewide IAC Conference Call
August 6: ETC Meeting
August 7: Groundbreaking of Greenline Extension
August 18: MS Local TIP Project Status Meeting
August 24: MATA Board Meeting
August 27: TPB Meeting

September 1: Local IAC Conference Call
September 16: TennCare CHOICES Regional Meeting
September 22: FHWA Performance Measures Webinar
September 23: MAP-21 Freight Provisions Webinar
September 24: Shelby County Citizens' University

Upcoming Events for 2015:
September 28: MATA Board Meeting
October 6: Public input meetings for CHSTP
October 7: Public input meetings for CHSTP
November 5: Engineering Technical Committee Meeting
November 19: Transportation Policy Board Meeting
MPO Quarterly Newsletter
Volume VI, Issue III
September 2015
In This Issue
The MPO's New Transportation Planner
Nat Heyward
Nathaniel (Nat) Heyward
will be working as a transportation planner for the Memphis MPO. Mr. Heyward looks forward to helping the MPO create a safe, efficient, and successful transportation system for the Memphis area. Mr. Heyward will be focusing his work on Performance Measures, Incident Management, and Bicycle and Pedestrian, among other things.  
Did You Know?

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Some of the 
Interest Groups 

Air Quality
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Long Range Planning
Public Participation
MPO Staff

Pragati Srivastava

Sajid Hossain
Transportation Planner

Kate Horton
Transportation Planner

Andrew Ray
Transportation Planner

Mitchell Lloyd
Transportation Planner

Kwasi Agyakwa
Transportation Planner

Nicholas Oyler
Transportation Planner/ Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

Nathaniel Heyward
Transportation Planner

Notimba Brooks
Grants Coordinator 

Linda Lawrence
Administrative Tech

Ann Deberry
Administrative Assistant

MPO Calendar
(October through Decemeber, 2015)

Engineering Technical Committee (ETC) Meeting: November 5, 2015*
Transportation Policy Board (TPB) Meeting: November 19, 2015*

*Meetings will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the UT Health Science Center -Student Alumni Bldg., 800 Madison Avenue, Memphis
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Download PDF of 2015 MPO Calendar  (as adopted on November 20, 2014) 
Download PDF of 2015 MPO Calendar (Colorblind) (as adopted on November 20, 2014)