Quarterly Newsletter - March 2020
2020 Walk and Roll Regional Plan
Upcoming Open Houses and Interactive Map Live
We have an exciting new update on the Walk & Roll: Memphis Region Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan! We have couple of open houses scheduled for next week, where we'll share more about the plan, talk about the work done so far, and get your feedback about bike and pedestrian travel in our region. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, as part of the Walk and Roll Plan, please check out the Memphis MPO's online interactive map which is still live! Click any point on the map to add your comments about existing conditions, needs, and desired improvements for walking, biking, and accessing transit in the Greater Memphis area. You can also like comments made by other users.

Be on the lookout for details about Walk & Roll pop-ups at community festivals and events this spring!
Upcoming Open Houses

Mississippi Public Open House
Wednesday, March 18, 2020;
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Olive Branch Municipal Court
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Tennessee Public Open House
Wednesday, March 18, 2020;
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Memphis, TN 38111
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TDOT I-40 Corridor Study
TDOT has launched an I-40/81 Multimodal Corridor Study. I-40 is one of Tennessee's and Memphis MPO planning area most vital corridors. The corridor study will define a 20-year, phased set of recommended improvements to address safety, traffic flow, operations and management, freight, and transit.

In February, the first round of public meetings were held across the state, with another round to be held this summer.

See the survey link below to contribute input on the corridor's needs and potential solutions. For more information, see TDOT's project website

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Public Participation Plan: Public Review
The Memphis MPO 2020 Public Participation Plan (PPP) is now open for public review. The PPP highlights the Memphis MPO's public outreach methods and engagement strategies which are vital for the MPO planning development process.

Draft Copies are available for a 45-day review period, running from March 6th - April 19th.

The PPP is available on the MPO's website, at 17 regional libraries and the Memphis MPO's office during regular business hours.

The MPO will accept comments throughout the review period. Please forward comments or questions to:

Pragati Srivastava
Memphis MPO Administrator
125 North Main Street, Room 450
Memphis, TN 38103
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Memphis MPO Releases YouTube Video
Clear communication and effective public participation are critical for the MPO's development and implementation of plans and programs.

This is why the MPO uses a Public Participation Plan (PPP) as a tool outlining engagement methods and strategies. The PPP guides outreach efforts and efforts to include those impacted by transportation investments within the Memphis MPO planning area.

Check out this quick video to learn more about the Memphis MPO's PPP. 
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MPO Transportation Alternatives Grant: Awarded Projects
Memphis MPO is excited to announce the FY 2020 Transportation Alternative (TA) Grant awarded projects for the MPO planning area. The MPO received $1,222,358 in TA federal funds for Tennessee and $208,516 for Misssissippi.

Awarded Projects are as follows:

Tennessee
  • Ball Road: City of Memphis ($307,181 federal)
  • Dunbar Elementary: City of Memphis ($335,084 federal)
  • Route 19 Bus Stop Redesign: MATA ($80,000 federal)
  • Germantown Trail Extension: City of Germantown ($200,000 federal)
  • Lily Walk Linear Park: City of Germantown ($24,000 federal)
  • Shelby Farms Greenline Extension: Shelby County ($252,093 federal)
  • Keough Drive Trail System: City of Piperton ($24,000 federal)

Mississippi
  • McIngvale Road Sidewalk: City of Hernando ($174,000 federal)
  • Horn Lake Road Sidewalk: City of Horn Lake ($23,579 federal)

To view a detailed list of TA Awards click here !
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Headlines
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has sent a final rule on changes to hours-of-service regulations to the White House.

The $653 million in federal funding will help communities repair their transportation infrastructure damaged by recent natural disasters.

ArDOT will use 3D Modeling and e-Construction, two innovations supported by FHWA, to enhance the use of Global Navigation Satellite System technology in the engineering and construction phases of projects.

The Walton Family Foundation is giving a $20 million matching grant to help complete an 84-mile biking and walking trail, with a trail head 70 miles southwest of Memphis.

The $7.7 million in grants awarded to the airports is part of a $520 million investment in airports across the country.

Memphis and Shelby County officials are urging people to take the census seriously because federal funding is on the line.
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Program & Funding Opportunities
This program will make up to $40 million available to enable communities to showcase innovative business partnerships, technologies, and practices that promote independent mobility for all. The application deadline is TBD .

 The FY 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Eligible project types include highway, transit, rail, port and intermodal. The application deadline is May 18th, 2020.

MDWFP- Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has announced the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) 2020 Funding Cycle. The LWCF
provides matching grants to States, and through the States to local units of government, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation sites and facilities. Applications are due May 21st, 2020.
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MPO Planners on the Move
Department of Planning and Development Holiday Party
Department of Planning and Development Holiday Party
Innovation Corridor Public Meeting
Innovation Corridor Public Meeting
Walk & Roll Hernando Square Sidewalk Interviews
Walk & Roll
Hernando Square
Sidewalk Interviews
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December:
4: Webinar - Environmental Justice Analysis
5: Active Transportation Advisory Committee
5: CMP Stakeholder Meeting
9: Webinar - AMPO Public Involvement Working Group
10: MATA Board Meeting
11: Webinar: I-40/81 Multimodal Corridor Study
18: CMP Stakeholder Meeting

January:
8: Webinar: AMPO AV Working
14: Memphis Mobile Traffic Lab
21: AARP Transportation Committee Meeting
28: MATA Board Meeting
30: Webinar: Safety Issues and Micromobility
31: CMP Steering Committee Meeting
February:
6: ETC Meeting
10: Walk & Roll Stakeholder Meeting
11: West Memphis MPO joint TPB & ETC Meeting
12: Walk & Roll Stakeholder Meeting
19: Webinar: Talking Freight
20: TPB Meeting
25: MATA Board Meeting
27: TDOT I-40/81 Public Meeting
Upcoming Events:
March 18 : Walk & Roll Open Houses (Olive Branch Municipal Court, Memphis Central Library)
April 3 : MLK Memorial - MPO Offices will be Closed
April 10 : Good Friday - MPO Offices will be Closed
May 5-7 : TDOT MPO Conference
May 21 : Joint TPB/ETC Meeting day

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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
April - June 2020
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