Transportation Planning

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Missoula MPO staff are currently accepting comment on two amendments:

2018-2022 TIP: Amendment #2 to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2022 proposes to add a new funding source, the National Highway Freight Program, and makes several minor adjustments to existing projects within the following programs: Surface Transportation Program - Urban, Interstate Maintenance, National Highway, Highway Safety Improvement Program, Bridge Program, and the Federal Transit Administration - Section 5307. The draft TIP amendment can be found here (changes noted in red).

2018 UPWP: Amendment #1 to the 2018 Unified Planning Work Program will add funding for Missoula in Motion (MIM) and Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Strategic Planning. The UPWP is the annual work plan for the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization, and describes transportation planning activities that will occur in the Missoula area during the 2018 Federal Fiscal Year. Strategic planning funds in the work plan are included under Section 303 - Transportation Options. The draft amended 2018 UPWP can be found here

Comments will be accepted on both the TIP and UPWP amendments through January 15, 2018.


Transportation Planning


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.