Every four years, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization updates the Mobility Plan, and TPO staff and partners are currently working on the 2017 update.
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The upcoming changes will build on the last plan, prioritize federal investment in the region’s transportation system over the next twenty-three years, and identify all anticipated projects during that time.
Developing the draft list for transportation projects through 2040 was a crucial first step for preparing this plan for approval. The cities and counties in the TPO planning area, along with TDOT, were asked to submit project applications, and 180 were sent to the TPO for review. Projects were prioritized by staff based on selection criteria developed through public input and federal guidelines. To provide additional input to the process, an online survey asked for input on how to spend the region’s transportation dollars. Responses were collected in the spring and made available to the public in June.
We then asked community members to review all the proposed projects using an interactive online map. Comments were accepted through the end of August. Those comments have been shared with all of the cities and counties that submitted the applications and are available to view here.
You can now view the updated project list, which is also split into jurisdictions. Any significant changes from previous project lists are highlighted in yellow. The list is sorted first by project type (bike/pedestrian, roadway, transit) and next by the proposed horizon year (the horizon year is when the project is expected to be completed).
The next step in this process is for TPO staff to present the project list for official endorsement at both the TPO Technical Committee meeting on November 8, 2016 and the Executive Board meeting on November 16, 2016. The draft Mobility Plan will be posted online for public comment shortly after the approval of the project list.