Missoula MPO staff are currently accepting comment on three items: 2018-2022 TIP: Amendment #3 to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes adjustments to the following programs: Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ), Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), Montana Air and Congestion Initiative (MACI), National Highway (NH), National Highway Freight Program (NHFP), Surface Transportation Program Off System, Secondary, and State Funded Construction (STPS-STPX-SFCN), Bridge Program (BR), and Federal Transit Administration Sections 5307 and 5339. The draft TIP amendment can be found here(changes noted in red).
CTSP update scope of work: The proposed scope of work to update the 2013 CTSP outlines activities necessary to be compatible with the current Montana Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP) at a community level. The primary activities will be stakeholder input, analysis of existing crash data, as well as implementation of “best practices” in safety programs, data management, funding opportunities, emerging technologies, and program management/implementation. The draft scope of work can be found here.
2018 UPWP: Amendment #2 to the 2018 Unified Planning Work Program will add staff time and resources to updating the 2013 CTSP under item 301 – Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Plans. The draft amended 2018 UPWP can be found here.
Comments will be accepted on all items through April 16, 2018, and can be submitted to Jessica Morriss at 406-552-6668 or JMorriss@ci.missoula.mt.us.
The Planning Section of the Transportation Division acts as staff to the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a regional transportation planning body for the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) that includes the City of Missoula and the adjacent urban areas of Missoula County.
The mission of the MPO is to plan and program a safe and efficient transportation system for the Missoula area that increases access and mobility through multimodal options.
Federal transportation planning law requires formation of MPOs for all urban areas with a population greater than 50,000 residents. Missoula’s MPO was designated in 1982 through an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). The agreement established the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to act as the governing body for the MPO and its associated staff. The agreement further established the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) to provide technical advice to the TPCC and technical direction to the transportation planning process.
Under the direction of the TPCC, the MPO is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning process required for the region by 23 CFR 450. Specific MPO responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Conducting a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated (“3-Cs”) transportation planning program for the region;
Providing for the transportation planning needs of state and local agencies and to assist these agencies in securing federal funds for the region;
Encouraging cooperation among all levels of government;
Providing information for government agencies and public and private sector organizations; and
Ensuring the development and implementation of a fully integrated multimodal transportation plan which meets all federal mandates.