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With growing population throughout the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, and decreasing funding, it is becoming increasingly important to make smarter choices about our transportation options. The ideal options will provide a balanced transportation system integrating all travel modes and complementing environmental, economic, and community development goals.


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Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO Drafting FY16 Work Program

The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO drafted its work program for FY16, outlining the work schedule for the period between July 1st, 2015 and June 30th, 2016. This document, also known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), provides a mechanism for coordinating transportation planning activities in the region. In the upcoming year, there are several exciting planning efforts and studies planned at the MPO. Some of the highlights include:

  • A comprehensive bike and pedestrian count that will be the first step in an annual bike/pedestrian report for the area;
  • A Transportation Academy program that will help to inform the community about transportation projects, processes and concepts;
  • Work on transit customer service surveys; and,
  • Planning work related to important transportation projects through the region.

The MPO Committees and Policy Board will review the work program in their May meetings, with a public hearing schedule for the end of May. Click here to view the draft work program. If you have any questions about the work program, please contact Will Cockrell at wcockrell@tjpdc.org.



Charlottesville Albemarle MPO is Highlighted in New Nationwide Guidebook from Transportation for America

The Innovative MPO, released today by Transportation for America, is a new guidebook for staff and board members of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The guide showcases best practices from across the country to showcase ways MPOs can help their communities prosper.

The Charlottesville Albemarle MPO, a component of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TDPDC) is highlighted in the guidebook as a national leader, and a model for other MPOs to follow. Specifically, the report praises the MPO's use of a Housing and Transportation Affordability Index developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology to examine six different neighborhoods in the TJPDC jurisdiction. The report compared the relative costs associated with buying or renting a home along with predicted travel costs for that location based on job accessibility and other factors. The analysis showed that living further from the urban core might not be as cost-effective as people think and that foreclosure rates during the recent housing crisis were higher in suburban areas than in urban ones.

The Innovative MPO is available at http://t4america.org/maps-tools/the-innovative-mpo.





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