TPO Case Study in Transportation for America’s Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities Guidebook for MPOs

Source: Selin, T and Taylor, M. “Chattanooga 2040 RTP Performance-Framework: Balancing Regional and Community Needs.” Transportation Research Board Tools of the Trade Conference Publication (2015).

In late 2014 Transportation for America published a guidebook showcasing innovative MPOs in which the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/N.GA (CHCNGA) TPO was highlighted for public involvement and new techniques in project prioritization.  That interest in the TPO’s work led Transportation for America (T4A) staff to dig deeper into the TPO’s performance measures and supportive technical analysis in 2016.  On November 8, 2017 T4A in partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Professionals presented their latest guidebook:  Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities.  This book which includes a case study of the TPO, elaborates on specific linkages to health and equity embedded in the TPO’s project evaluation and selection process and includes quotes from TPO Board members Lisa Maragnano, Executive Director of the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority and Executive Director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau Bob Colby.  Please find below links to both guidebooks.

2017 Transportation for America’s Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities: A Guidebook for How Metro Areas are implementing more and better bicycling and walking projects

The Chattanooga Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) in Tennessee evaluates transportation projects at different scales for their relative benefits. This helps smaller, more inexpensive transportation projects — such as bicycling and walking projects — compete more fairly with larger transportation projects. Funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements doubled in the TPO’s last RTP.  The TPO’s case study can be found on page 83 of the guidebook.

2014 Transportation for America’s The Innovative MPO: A Guidebook for Metropolitan Transportation Planning