Quarterly Newsletter - December 2018
Season's Greetings!!!
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The Memphis MPO staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Magical New Year!

~From: Pragati, Sajid, Kate, Zylavian, Alvan,
Jordan, Mavrick, Nick, Patrick, Ann, and Notimba
DeSoto County Awarded $13 Million BUILD Grant!
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A roadway improvement project in DeSoto County has been awarded a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program. DeSoto County's Holly Springs Road was one of 91 projects selected from 851 applications!

A priority for DeSoto County for years, the project will improve approximately 2.6 miles of Holly Springs Road, including elevating the roadway, replacing five bridges, and realigning dangerous hairpin curves. These improvements will prevent costly damage from future flooding, improve safety and efficiency along the corridor, and provide continued critical access to jobs and essential services for residents.

Congratulations to DeSoto County on their successful application!
#Livability2050 Round Two Presentation Available!
On October 23, the Memphis MPO held a second round of public meetings across the region for the Livability 2050: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)!

The purpose was to present the progress made so far on the plan update, including public engagement results, existing conditions of the transportation system, and initial recommendations for how funding should be prioritized.

The next public meeting opportunity for the Livability 2050: RTP will be in the Summer of 2019, when the draft RTP will be available for review!

Stay up-to-date on our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see other ways you can stay involved! #Livability2050
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FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The Memphis MPO is currently in the development of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which will cover the period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2023.

Opportunities for public involvement will occur throughout the development of the FY 2020-23 TIP. Eligible project sponsors applying for funding will hold public meetings before the application deadline to inform residents of potential projects and get feedback.

Additionally, along with the Federal and State agencies, the public will have the opportunity to review the draft TIP document in the Summer of 2019, before final approval. During this public review period, meetings will be held across the MPO Planning Area
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2018 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) Published
The content of the annual listing of 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.

The total obligation for FY 2018 was $191,892,788.15 with $106,305,637.25 in Tennessee projects, $71,518,775.90 in Mississippi projects, and $14,068,375.00 in transit projects.

The obligated funds for FY 2018 has increased by 10.1% from FY 2017 when the total obligation was $174,234,780.73 
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2019 MPO Calendar Released
The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis MPO adopted the 2019 MPO Calendar at their November meeting.

The approved calendar provides for TIP Amendments, Engineering and Technical Committee (ETC) Meetings, and Transportation Policy Board (TPB) Meetings on a quarterly basis.

Meeting dates and locations are subject to cancellation or modification, please be sure to visit the MPO's Calendar Webpage for the latest information.
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Memphis MPO Adopts Performance Measures
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have established a set of rulemakings for implementation of performance-based planning and programming (PBPP). Under the PBPP process, states, transit providers, and MPOs must link investment priorities to the achievement of performance targets

The Memphis MPO, through coordination with our federal, state, and local partners, has now set targets for all applicable Performance Measure areas, including PM1 (Safety), PM2 (Infrastructure Condition), PM3 (System Performance, Freight, CMAQ), and TAM (Transit Asset Management).

The staff would like to thank our Board & Committee members, State DOT's, member agencies, and other partners who have collaborated with us to get the performance measures established and adopted!
The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded $281 million in construction grants. Capital Investments Grant Program funds go toward major transit infrastructure projects nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule today to amend Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will accelerate project delivery.

At the interstate's Getwell Road interchange, officials celebrated the finish of the 9-mile section in DeSoto County that sits between Interstate 55 and Mississippi 305, bringing the $640 million project to a close.

A "success scenario" envisioned by the report -- recruiting all five targeted industries to Pidgeon Industrial Park -- could yield 1,900 new direct jobs over the next decade, $655 million in economic impact and $8 million in annual local tax revenue.
MPO Planners on the Move
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2018 Tennessee APA Fall Conference
2018 Tennessee APA Fall Conference
2018 AMPO Annual Conference
2018 Tennessee APA Fall Conference
2018 Mississippi Statewide MPO Meeting
5-6 : FHWA Peer Exchange - Performance Management
10-12 : NTI Training - Performance Based Planning & Programming
17 : Webinar - AMPO Public Involvement Working Group
18-20 : TNMUG Meeting
24-28 : 2018 AMPO Annual Conference
25-27 : 2018 TAPA Fall Conference
27 : MATA Board Meeting
3 : TN Statewide IAC Call
16 : MPO ATAC Meeting
18-19 : MDOT Statewide MPO Meeting
22 : Webinar - Highway Safety Manual Online Workshop
24 : Webinar - Census Participant Statistical Areas Program
25 : MATA Board Meeting
25 : Webinar - Making Mobility Work for Your Community
26 : I-269 DeSoto County Ribbon-Cutting
31 : Webinar - Strategies for Accelerating Multimodal Project Delivery
November :
8 : Webinar - AMPO Connected/Autonomous Vehicles Working Group
8 : Webinar - NPMRDS Quarterly Technical Assistance
13 : MATA On-Ramp Project
13 : West Memphis MPO Joint Meeting
13 : Webinar - FHWA Talking Freight
14 : Webinar - Where Do We Go Next? Mapping and Tracking in the Future
14 : Webinar - FHWA Alternative Fuels Corridor
14-15 : AMPO Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Symposium
27-28 : FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC-5) Summit
29 : TNMUG Meeting
29 : Webinar - Active Transportation for Healthy Communities
Upcoming Events in 2019:
January 1: New Year's Day - MPO Offices will be Closed
January 21 : MLK Jr.'s Birthday - MPO Offices will be Closed
February 7 : Engineering and Technical Committee (ETC) Meeting
February 18 : Presidents Day (US) - MPO Offices will be Closed
February 21 : Transportation Policy Board (TPB) Meeting
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Pragati Srivastava

Sajid Hossain
Transportation Planner

Kate Horton
Transportation Planner

Zylavian Watley
Transportation Planner

Jordan Smith 
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