Long Range Transportation Plan Available for Review

One of the responsibilities of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in carrying out the Federally-mandated transportation planning process is to prepare a long range transportation plan for the area expected to become “urbanized” within a forecasted 25-year timeframe.  The development of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan sets a vision for the course of actions that are needed to meet the future transportation needs of all modes of transportation in the metro-area for the next 25-years.  A draft version of the plan is now available for review, and the MPO encourages you to review this document. The plan includes six (6) Draft Volumes:

Long-Range Transportation Plan Vol. IVolume I:  Metropolitan Planning Process
This volume provides an overview of the planning process used to develop the 2040 draft plan, and explains how the public and other interested parties were involved in the planning process.  In addition, this volume sets the setting for the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) by identifying current land use, population, economic and travel patterns, and forecast future
travel demand.

Volume II:  Roadways and Bridges
This volume addresses current and future roadway and bridge needs for the Jackson MPA by analyzing existing conditions; projecting future needs; forecasting future federal, state, and local funds anticipated to be available; prioritizing projects identified throughout the planning process; and presenting a fiscally-constrained list of projects from 2016 through 2040.

Volume III:  Bike and Pedestrian
This volume supports and recognizes the significance of a bicycle and pedestrian network that supports the needs of the urbanized area to mitigate traffic congestion, temper excessive motorized vehicle emissions, improve safety, and promote physical fitness.

Volume IV:  Congestion Management Process
This volume uses an analytical process to determine which areas experience the greatest mobility and maneuverability issues associated with traffic congestions, and identifies a wide range of congestion reduction scenarios that can aid in improving free flow traffic conditions.

Volume V:  Public Transit
This volume identifies existing and future demand for public transit services; evaluates current transit services provided within the Jackson MPA, and identifies transit revenues to continue maintaining the current level of service.  This volume also provides a fiscally-constrained transit plan of projects, identifies long-term regional transit corridors, and provides a set of short and long range planning recommendations.

Volume VI:  Freight
This volume addresses current and future freight demand in the Jackson MPA, and analyzes information for the Jackson MPA contained in the State Freight Plan.

Copies of the draft plan are available on CMPDD’s website at
www.cmpdd.org/draft-plan/ or you may review the plan Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CMPDD’s main office, 1170 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS.  The MPO will be hosting a series of public meeting regarding the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan in conjunction with a 45-day comment period, which began September 28, 2015, and concludes November 12, 2015.    The “come and go” public meetings, which have been scheduled in each of the metro-area counties, will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Hinds County:   Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    CMPDD’s main office 1170 Lakeland Drive Jackson, MS
  • Madison County:  Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    Madison County Administrative Building, first floor Board Room, 125 W. North Street Canton, MS
  • Rankin County:  Thursday, October 22, 2015
    Rankin County Courthouse Annex, Board Room, 211 E. Government Street Brandon, MS

In addition, another public hearing will be held on November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Intermodal Technical Committee meeting.

The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, once adopted, will replace the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan adopted by the MPO in 2011.  The recommendations included in the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan are the result of a year-long planning process and the MPO highly encourages everyone to review the Plan.

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