Quarterly Newsletter - October 2022
Mid-South Safety Action Plan
The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Memphis MPO) and West Memphis MPO are partnering to create the first ever Mid-South Safety Action Plan (SAP). This plan will create a regional framework for local governments to identify crash hotspots and implement strategies to reduce deaths and serious injuries.
We invite you to participate in our survey about road safety in the Mid-South. The survey will take about 6 minutes and will assist us in prioritizing safety strategies and identifying locations where roadway safety improvements are needed. You can take this survey now or anytime, on any device, anywhere, from now through Friday, November 4.
To learn more about this project, please use the following link:
MPO Staff will also be holding pop-up events across the region to meet with people to discuss road safety at festivals and farmers market throughout the month.
FY 2023-26 TIP Adoption
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-26 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was adopted by the Memphis MPO's Transportation Policy Board on September 22, 2022!

The TIP, is the four-year, fiscally constrained, short-range program, which includes multi-modal transportation projects within the Memphis MPO Planning Area. The development of the FY 2023-26 TIP began in the Fall of 2021 and engagement opportunities with the public and multiple stakeholders, occurred throughout the year and a half long planning process.

The FY 2023-26 TIP is currently undergoing final federal reviews, which are scheduled to be completed by January 2023.

To learn more about the FY 2023-26 TIP, please visit the project webpage or check-out the Biteable video below.
Memphis MPO Biteable Videos

Check out our new Biteable videos to learn how the MPO uses data analysis, planning, and project development to identify and address transportation safety issues in our region and to learn more about the Memphis MPO's FY 2023-26 TIP!
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris signed an executive order in August to move towards a greener fleet of vehicles for Shelby County.

Arlington approved a resolution to study the construction of roundabouts at the Airline Road and I-40 interchange, to help alleviate congestion.

Plans are still on track for production to begin in 2025, but experts say a number of challenges remain including workforce, traffic, and supply chain issues.

Through a partnership with the City of Memphis, Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), and the City of West Memphis, public transportation is coming back to the West Memphis area.

In late October the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority hosted public meetings to present updates to its master plan, which will help to guide future development at Memphis International Airport, as well as the General DeWitt Spain Airport in North Memphis and the Charles W. Baker Airport in Millington.
Program & Funding Opportunities
Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART)
This grant program, with $100 million allocated for FY 2022, supports local governments to to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety. Eligible projects include programs that address coordinated automation, connected vehicles, sensors, system integration, delivery/logistics, innovative aviation, smart grid technologies, and smart traffic signals. The deadline to apply is November 18, 2022 More information on the SMART program, including NOFO, application instructions, resources, FAQs, and illustrative use cases, is available here.

Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Development (ATTIMD)/Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovation (ATTAIN) 
This program provides grants to eligible entities to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. It supports efforts to promote advanced technologies to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders with eligible projects in the areas of emergency response, infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, public transportation, parking pricing, corridor management, ITS, tolling, shared-use mobility applications, and research. The deadline to apply is November 18, 2022. More information on the ATTIMD/ATTAIN Program is available here.

Thriving Communities Program
This program is a $30 million collaboration between the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help communities access once-in-a-generation levels of federal infrastructure funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and deliver transformative projects. The program will pair a cohort of applicants with organizations who will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to grow community capacity to take projects from conception through to delivery. The program is focused on supporting under-resourced and disadvantaged urban, rural, and Tribal communities. USDOT will be hosting a series of webinars for both those interested in receiving support through the Thriving Communities program, and for capacity builders interested in applying for funding under the Notice of Funding Opportunity, starting next week. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) prior to December 6, with the NOFO for capacity builders open until November 22. Fact sheets and links to webinar registration are available on the Thriving Communities webpage.
MPO Planners On the Job


14: ARDOT I-40 ITS Public Meeting
19: MDOT STIP Public Meeting
20: NYSDOT NEVI Plan Meeting

21: FHWA Transportation Performance Management Webinar


8: TIP and RTP public meeting - Olive Branch
9: TIP and RTP public meeting - Oakland
11: TIP and RTP public meetings - Airways Transit Center; Summer Avenue (Memphis)
13: TIP and RTP public meetings - Downtown Memphis; Hernando
17: City of Memphis Bicycle Advocacy Council
23: MATA Board Meeting
24: Mid-South Safety Action Plan Working Group Meeting

23: FHWA Greenhouse Gases Webinar


8: RTP Advisory Committee Meeting
21: MS Freight Advisory Committee Meeting
22: ETC/TPB Board Meeting
27: TN Pedestrian Task Force Meeting
27: MATA Board Meeting

15: Carbon Reduction Program Overview
21: AMPO Complete Streets Webinar
Upcoming Events:

October 20-21 - Tennessee Bike/Ped Summit
October 25-27 - Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Conference
November 11 - Veterans Day, MPO office closed
Did You Know?
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Meeting Calendar
October - December 2022