Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the forum for cooperative transportation decision-making among Charlottesville, Albemarle, state and federal officials. The MPO considers long-range regional projects and combines public input, technical data, and agency collaboration to develop forward-thinking solutions. Organized for the City of Charlottesville and the urbanized area of Albemarle County immediately surrounding the City, it is responsible for carrying out continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning and programming process. The MPO coordinates the transportation planning activities of the various transportation-related agencies that have both a direct and indirect impact on the Long Range Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.
LRTP Lessons Learned Document
From the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2014, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) focused most of its planning efforts on the updating of its Long Range Transportation Plan. For this update the MPO's approach was dramatically different for previous planning processes. While there were many benefits to this new approach, there were several issues that made this planning process less successful than MPO staff had hoped. This report outlines the approach the MPO took to update the 2040 LRTP and provides insight into the issues that occurred when implementing each of the "key decisions" that were part of the process. Furthermore, this report includes recommendations on how certain steps could be better implemented with future LRTP updates.
It should be noted that this report is developed by MPO staff for future MPO staff to provide some context into the development of the 2040 LRTP. This insight will, hopefully, allow future planning processes to utilize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the 2040 LRTP's planning process. This report is meant solely as a resource for future planning endeavors.
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.
2040 LRTP and MPO's TIP Amendments
On July 23rd the MPO Policy Board approved amendments to both the 2040 Long Range transportation Plan and the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program. To review these amendments please see the links below.
MPO Resolution of Endorsement for the Route 29 Solution Process Project Package
At the May 28th 2014 MPO Policy Board meeting, the Board voted to approve a resolution of endorsement supporting the Route 29 Solutions project package. This project package includes eight specific projects listed in the resolution and two non-specific recommendations also listed in the resolution. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is anticipated to vote on the Route 29 Solutions project package at its June 18th meeting. If the CTB votes to include the project package into the FY15 to FY20 Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP), the MPO will begin the process of amending its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and it FY15 to FY18 Transportation Improvement Program. This amendment process is planned for July 2014.
Click here to review signed Resolution of Endorsement.
FINAL FY15 Unified Planning and Work Program
The MPO Policy Board approved the FY15 Unified Planning and Work Program at its May 28th 2014 Board meeting. The UPWP outlines the tasks that the MPO expects to complete over the next fiscal year, including MPO Administration, MPO Long Range Planning and MPO Short Range Planning. For more information about the UPWP please contact MPO Program Manager, Sarah Rhodes, at email@example.com.
Route 29 Solutions Project Package Letter of Support
The MPO Policy Board Chair, Kristin Szakos, has written a letter of support for the Route 29 Solutions project package presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at the Board’s workshop held May 13th 2014 in Charlottesville Virginia. Information regarding the package of improvements presented at the workshop can be found at the Route 29 Solutions website, under the May 8th meeting materials. This letter was distributed to members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board at the workshop and has been mailed to the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lanye. Please contact Sarah Rhodes, MPO Program Manager, if you have any questions or comments (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FFY13 Annual Listing of Obligations
On March 6th 2014, the MPO Policy Board approved the FFY13 Annual Listing of Funding Obligations. The Annual Listing is a required document that outlines what transportation projects within the MPO received federal funding obligations in the previous Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). This document is intended to increase the transparency of government spending on transportation projects within the MPO. Document is available here.
Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO’s Title VI Plan
Click here to review the MPO’s Title VI Plan.