Livability 2050: Regional Transportation Plan


Long term planning for transportation infrastructure is critical for the growth and development of a region in a way that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the community.  As conditions change, these long range plans must be updated periodically. To meet Federal regulations, the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) will do all of the following:

  • Provide a minimum 20-year plan horizon;
  • Identify long-range transportation goals and specific long- and short-range investment strategies across all modes of transportation to support meeting those goals;
  • Support regional land use and economic development policies and plans;
  • Demonstrate fiscal constraint for all funded projects;
  • Demonstrate air quality conformity; and
  • Reflect a broad set of public and stakeholder input.

The major elements of the planning process for the Livability 2050 RTP Update are Engagement, Data Collection, Recommendation Development, and Documentation. 


This current transportation plan for the Greater Memphis Region was adopted by the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on January 28, 2016.  The plan known as Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is now being updated with a new horizon year of 2050. 

Goals and Objectives

One of the first actions taken by the TPB is the adoption of the Goals and Objectives, which describe the strategic direction of the region and plan. They were developed based on public and stakeholder outreach, and were approved by the TPB on February 22, 2018.

Goals and Objectives

Planning Funding Scenario

Building on an identification of needs, a high-level analysis of investment choices helps develop a preferred investment direction, which helps guide investment decisions. During the development of the Livability 2040: RTP, the TPB of the Memphis MPO approved the Expanded Travel Options Concept for the Planning Funding Scenario. On August 23, 2018, the TPB reaffirmed this Concept for continued use in the Livability 2050:RTP Update.

Planning Funding Scenario: Expanded Travel Options

Public Outreach Efforts

Public Survey

A public survey was conducted in English and Spanish by the Memphis MPO, through both online and paper platforms through Spring  2019. Since the survey has closed, we will be compiling the results and using the information as we go forward with the plan update. Keep a look out on this page for the next round of public meetings, and how you can stay involved. Check out a PRELIMINARY SUMMARY from the public survey. 

Public Meetings

Round One

The Memphis MPO held the first round of public meetings from February 5-7, 2018. A total of seven (7) meetings were held across the MPO Planning Area, giving residents from all four counties the opportunity to participate.

Participants at each meeting were also given the chance to complete an interactive exercise to find out their priorities. Find the results of this exercise by clicking POLLING RESULTS.

In case you missed the meetings, you can watch the narrated presentation from Round One below. 


Round Two

The second round of public meetings were held October 23, 2018 across the region. Participants at each meeting heard about the progress made in the development of the Livability 2050: RTP, including public outreach findings and existing conditions analysis. The narrated presentation is available below for those who were unable to make it to one of the meetings.


YouTube Video Series

Improving the livability and quality of life of our communities is important to the region. The Memphis MPO recently engaged with elected officials, partner agencies, and local residents to create a YouTube video series to share the importance of transportation on the region’s quality of life and creating livable communities. Find the videos by clicking the icons or the links below:

Livable Communities according to the Region's Elected Officials

Livable Communities according to Regional Agencies

Livable Communities according to Mid-South Residents

Public engagement is at the heart of the planning process, to stay up-to-date on future opportunities for engagement check out the Memphis Urban Area MPO's Facebook PageTwitter AccountYouTube Channel, and LinkedIn Profile.

Contact Information

If you would like more information on the plan and its development you can contact

Pragati Srivastava
Memphis Urban Area MPO


Kenneth Monroe
Kimley-Horn and Associates


Allison Fluitt
Kimley-Horn and Associates

You can also contact any of the Transportation Planners with the Memphis MPO, visit the Staff Webpage for contact information.



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Memphis, TN 38103

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