Call-for-Projects for 2040 Plan
The development of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan began in 2011 as the MPO began several major studies throughout the region to update regional planning models, evaluate transit options, analyze the benefits of improvements to walking and biking facilities, and identify the most appropriate methods of managing roadway congestion over the next two and a half decades. The first major milestone was a call-for-projects to solicit transportation improvement proposals from public agencies across the region.
Major Milestones and Deadlines
|March 2014||→||Presentation of future travel demand & roadway deficiencies to the MPO's Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and MPO Board.|
|June 4||→||Unofficial call-for-projects announced at the TCC meeting.|
|June 18||→||Official call-for-projects announced at the MPO Executive Board.|
|August 7||→||Initial deadline: Local government members to provide the MPO with the status of projects currently in the plan and a prioritized list of any new projects.|
|September 30||→||Final deadline: State and local government members to submit complete project proposals through the online application system (coming soon).|
|Septemer - December||→||County workshops: Review and discuss existing and future transportation needs, project proposals, and planning process with local elected officieal, business leaders, and community partners|
|October 1||→||TCC workshop on revenue forecasts and project evaluation criteria.|
|November 12||→||Joint TCC/ Board Meeting: Endorse 2040 guiding principles, goals, and objectives; candidate projects; and priorities for the TDOT 3-year work program.|
|November 2014 - March 2015||→||MPO evaluation, optimization, and prioritization of candidate projects|
|March-August||→||County workshops: Review and discuss project evaluations, funding needs and limitations, and regional priorities|
|June-September||→||Draft 2040 Plan Document|
|October-December||→||State & federal compliance review|
|December 9||→||Joint TCC/ Board Meeting: Endorsement of 2040 Plan|
|December - February||→||Public review & comment period, Countywide Open Houses|
|February 2016||→||Adoption hearings|
Project Evaluation & Prioritization
With little chance that there will be enough funding around to pay for all transportation improvements identified over the next few months, the MPO will evaluate each candidate project for its ability to fulfill regional goals for livability, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity. The following are some of the questions that will guide that analysis.
- What are the root causes of congestion in the vicinity of the project location? (e.g., traffic volume, physical design, crashes, regulations, behavioral, freight, etc.)
- How well does the project address those causes?
- How could the project be scoped to include congestion management solutions to optimize its benefit?
- How well does the project address safety concerns?
- Is the project in a high-crash corridor?
- How can the project be scoped to increase safety of all users?
- How well does the project address security concerns?
- Does the project aid/ harm important evacuation routes?
- How can the project be scoped to features that help secure citizens and regional resources?
Availability of Transportation Choices
- How well does the project introduce, support, or reinforce multiple transportation choices for people to access jobs, schools, food, entertainment, etc?
- How can the project be scoped to incorporate facilities for and/or connections to non-motorized modes and transit?
Socio-Cultural Resources/ Natural Environmental
- Does the project aid/ harm in the preservation of the region's natural or socio-cultural resources (e.g., open space, animal habitat, historic structures, churches, community centers, etc.)?
- How can the project be scoped to mitigate the negative impacts to valuable resources?
- How well does the project support efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, particularly foreign oil?
- How well does the project support efforts to improve air and water quality?
Title VI/ ADA Compliance
- Does the project aid/ harm the advancement of social justice and equal opportunity to destinations throughout the region?
- How can the project be scoped to mitigate any negative impacts to predominately low-income or minority communities or persons with a disability.
System Preservation/ Financial Sustainability
- How well does the project make use of limited financial resources to ensure the continued productivity of the existing transportation system?
- How can the project be scoped to include features the make the facility more efficient (e.g., ITS, design, materials, etc.).
- How well does the project support or stimulate the local/ regional economy?
- How well does the project support freight movements?
- To what degree doe the implementation of the project create jobs?
- How well does the facility connect people with opportunities to engage in economic activity?
- To what degree does the project aid in the region's economic competitiveness with other metro areas of the nation?
- Is the project supported by business leaders?
Consistency with Plans
- Is the project consistent with local, state, or other regional plans for growth (economic development, land use, etc.)?
- Has the project been endorsed locally through the adoption of a local major thoroughfare plan, transportation element of a comprehensive plan, or by resolution of the local governing body?
- If on a state-route, is the project endorsed or supported by TDOT?