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State and Regional Transportation Planning Partnerships in Tennessee


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During the 2019 National Regional Transportation Conference (June 17 - 19, Columbus, OH), Stacy Morrison and Jonathan Russell discussed the Tennessee Department of Transportation partnership with rural planning organizations (RPOs) throughout the state to improve transportation planning for rural areas. Community Transportation Planning Grants and Community Transportation Planning Requests are among the programmatic tools used.

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State and Regional Transportation Planning Partnerships in Tennessee

  1. 1. Columbus, Ohio | 2019 National Regional Transportation Conference
  2. 2. Office of Community Transportation Est. 2013 Goal: • To increase the level of TDOT and local partners across the ensure our transportation planning project development plans coincide growth and help us meet the needs communities • Improvement in the delivery of transportation planning to areas in and RPO areas
  3. 3. TDOT Regions Memphis Nashville Chattanooga Knoxville REGION 4 REGION 3 REGION 2 REGION 1
  4. 4. Community Transportation Planning Grant (CTPG)
  5. 5. Community Transportation Planning Grants 2015- $1.1 million 2016- $1.3 million 2018- $1.8 million • Corridor Studies • Bike/Ped Plans • Complete Streets Plans • Mobility Studies • Road Diet Analysis • Transportation Systems Management & Operations 41 grants across the state
  6. 6. Community Transportation Planning Request (CTPR)
  7. 7. Processing a Request Locally Identified Project CTPR-Official Request RPO/OCT CTPR-Assessment Information Package REVIEW Needs Assessment Determination
  8. 8. • RPO coordinator contacts local official to schedule meeting. • Meeting takes place in vicinity of project. • RPO gathers information, takes pictures, and records locals desires. • Requests “Letters of Support” to include in Package. • RPO coordinator has 90-days from request to complete Assessment Information Package. • RPO coordinator sends package to Regional OCT supervisor • OCT planner has 10 days to ensure package is complete. • OCT planner sends to OCT planning manager. • Planning manager reviews then sends complete package to LRP Director. • Planning Manager, with Directors approval, sends complete package to STID. • STID receives package and determines if a needs assessment is warranted. • If STID determines project is warranted: funding will be sought and project listed on LRTP and STIP. • Community identifies an area of need based on safety, turning movements, congestion, and economic development. • Need is communicated through local officials. • Local official is given the form either by email or LRP / RPO website • Local Official identifies the purpose and perceived need. • CTPR-Official Request Form is filled out and signed by local official. • Form is sent to RPO coordinator and OCT planner Identify Project CTPR- Official Request OCT Review CTPR- Assessment Information STID Determination Site Visit 90 DAYS - starts on the day that the “Official Request” is sent to the Coordinator.
  9. 9. Rural Regional Plans
  10. 10. Goals and Objectives 1. Improve safety throughout the region 2. Provide multimodal access 3. Create economic development opportunities through various transportation initiatives 4. Address freight traffic along roads that are unable to handle the capacity
  11. 11. Functional Classification
  12. 12. Travel Behavior
  13. 13. Pedestrian Safety
  14. 14. Questions?