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The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted the Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) on January 28, 2016. The RTP is a multi-modal transportation plan for the region through the year 2040. Although required by Federal law to be updated a minimum of every four years, the RTP’s planning horizon is 20 years. For the MPO's Planning Area, all transportation improvements to be funded by the state and federal governments are included in the plan.
The RTP, which is updated every four years is a planning document that assesses the current and projected future demand on the region's transportation system and establishes a fiscally constrained plan of action to guide the development of transportation projects for the next 25 years. Its preparation involves an integrated planning process that evaluates short term and long term strategies that lead to the development of an integrated multimodal transportation system to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in addressing current and future transportation demand. The LIVABILITY 2040 Regional Transportation Plan embraces the livability principles to ensure that the planning process cultivates and sustains livable communities.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) defines livable communities as “places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments have been coordinated so that people have access to adequate, affordable and environmentally sustainable travel options.”
The Livability Principles are:
The RTP is available for viewing and download at the links below. The first link is for the entire document (222 pages), except for the appendices. Due to the file size of 13.4 MB, download times may be slow.
Livabilty 2040: RTP (13.4 MB)
For your convenience, the various chapters and sections of the RTP are provided here for individual download.
|Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan|
|Cover, Table of Contents, and Lists of Tables and Figures||Chapter 1: Introduction|
|Chapter 2: Public Participation||Chapter 3: Performance-Based Plan Approach|
|Chapter 4: System Conditions and Investment Needs||Chapter 5: Investment Solutions|
|Chapter 6: Alternative Investment Concept Analysis||Chapter 7: Financially Feasible Plan|
|Chapter 8: Investment Priorities||Chapter 9: Plan Performance|
|Chapter 10: Congestion Management Process||Chapter 11: Air Quality|
Appendix D - G: Supplemental Pavement and Bridge Information; Projects with Environmental Impacts; Projects with Environmental Justice Area Impacts; Congestion Management Process Analysis Summary Table
The Memphis MPO received the Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Air Quality Conformity Determination for Shelby County letter from the Tennessee Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in coordination with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV, on March 15, 2016. The equivalent letter for DeSoto County was received on March 24, 2016. This determination means that the RTP has been found to be in conformity with Federal air quality regulations by the responsible Federal agencies.
The livability initiative is supported by local officials throughout the Greater Memphis area. Their views on livability and what it means to them can be seen following the links below: