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Rapidly Urbanizing/Summary Of Notable Practices By Planning Area

Strategy

MPO Area

Notable Practice

Lake-Sumter MPO
Florida
  • MPO boundaries often follow county boundaries even if the urbanized area covers a smaller area.
  • The county board of commissioners is authorized to be involved in transportation policy for rural areas.
Dalton Whitfield MPO
Georgia
  • An existing regional planning agency was tapped to serve as MPO for the new urbanized area.
  • Two MPOs are working together with the help of a third party facilitator to coordinate (bi-state) regional transportation planning.
Kootenai County MPO
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Metropolitan transportation planning began before Census 2000 designation as an urbanized area.
Bowling Green/ Warren County MPO
Kentucky
  • By researching and considering the plans of other agencies before developing the first long range metropolitan transportation plan, the new MPO was naturally led to coordination and cooperation with the organizations that authored them.
Dixie MPO
St. George, Utah
  • The agencies that are responsible for transportation planning entered into a memorandum of understanding to establish a 'partnership charter' whereby the stakeholders agreed to work together for the common good and to act and represent the agencies in the new MPO development process.
  • The responsible agencies had the foresight to take early action and transition public transportation services from a rural provider to an urban sponsor willing to serve as the designated grant recipient. This early action prevented any potential lapse in transit funding.
Capital Area MPO
Austin, Texas
  • The MPO policy board directed staff to examine what impacts two different types of land use policies may have on long range transportation planning. Analyzing the two different types of land use policies (development as usual versus a greater emphasis on growth management) may generate transportation alternatives and choices for the community, especially impacting rural areas that are rapidly urbanizing.

Policy

MPO Area

Notable Practice

Lake-Sumter MPO Florida
  • The voting membership of any MPO policy board in the state is determined on an equitable geographic-population ratio basis set by state policy.
  • A coordinating board representing the transportation disadvantaged identifies the local needs of the transportation disadvantaged population and investigates alternatives to meet those needs. The primary purpose of the coordinating board is to assist the MPO in identifying local service needs and in providing information, advice and direction to the transit service provider in each county.
Kootenai County MPO
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • The new MPO policy board contracts with the agency serving as staff for another MPO to provide cost-effective administration and operations support. The policy boards and technical committees ensure MPO independence and autonomy.
Bowling Green/ Warren County MPO
Kentucky
  • The MPO policy board adopted planning goals and project evaluation criteria based on those goals to guide project selection for the transportation improvement program.
Dixie MPO
St. George, Utah
  • The policy of the new MPO is to use formula funding for improvements to the transit system before funds lapse and to allocate annual roadway funding towards design and engineering of proposed highway projects in the transportation improvement program.
Capital Area MPO
Austin, Texas
  • The MPO policy board includes state senators and state representatives along with locally elected officials and regional transportation agency officials. By including officials who are elected to state office, the MPO policy board includes participation by representatives with diverse perspectives on local issues. In addition to county jurisdictions, State districts often cross urban and rural boundaries.

Process

MPO Area

Notable Practice

Lake-Sumter MPO Florida
  • New MPOs in Florida benefit from regional entities and organizations that provide support to MPOs.
  • Advance planning and support from the state department of transportation district office
  • Regional MPO alliances
  • State MPO advisory council
Dalton Whitfield MPO
Georgia
  • The new MPO updated the most recent county/city transportation study to develop the first long range metropolitan transportation plan.
  • Local stakeholders were asked to serve on a special study committee to provide a detailed review and analysis of issues, needs, and alternatives related to the long range transportation plan.
Kootenai County MPO
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • The regional MPO director serves in that capacity for two MPOs and provides planning expertise and ensures regional coordination and cooperation.
Bowling Green/ Warren County MPO
Kentucky
  • Project evaluation criteria are based on the MPO goals. The evaluation criteria are the basis for the transportation improvement program project selection process. In this way the MPO goals have meaning and impact from policy to project.
  • The new MPO borrowed the "strings and ribbons" exercise from an experienced MPO. The new MPO used the exercise to encourage citizen involvement, understanding and buy-in for the transportation planning process and the initial selection of priority projects.
Dixie MPO
St. George, Utah
  • The new MPO embraced a long history of cooperative planning processes in the region to ease the transition to the metropolitan planning process.
  • The MPO found the list of projects for the first transportation improvement program exceeded the funds available. The MPO identified improvements along "corridors of need" to serve as a financially unconstrained list of projects to meet travel demand projected in the long range transportation plan.
Capital Area MPO
Austin, Texas
  • The council of governments sponsors an RPO to serve as a regional planning organization for involvement of rural and urban areas in the transportation planning process.

Technical

MPO Area

Notable Practice

Dalton Whitfield MPO
Georgia
  • The new MPO developed a regional travel demand model with the most current transportation and socio-economic information as the baseline.
Kootenai County MPO
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Two MPOs are jointly sponsoring a regional travel study.
Dixie MPO
St. George, Utah
  • The new MPO selected the Quick Response System (QRS II) travel demand model as appropriate for a small urbanized planning area.
Capital Area MPO
Austin, Texas
  • The MPO and the council of governments collaborate to provide technical assistance to local rural counties / communities.
  • The region is at the forefront of a statewide effort to coordinate public transportation services including transit and client transportation programs for health and human services.
Updated: 03/26/2013
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