Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The West Memphis MPO is composed of a qualified Study Director, a Technical Coordinating Committee, a Policy Committee, and a Citizens Advisory Committee. The Policy Committee is responsible for the policy direction of the West Memphis MPO. The primary daily administrative and transportation planning responsibilities for the West Memphis MPO are conducted by the Study Director acting under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Director and in cooperation with the Office of Planning and Development of the City of West Memphis.
What does the MPO do?
The purpose of the West Memphis MPO is to implement and coordinate the comprehensive urban transportation planning process. To receive any Federal capital or operating assistance, the West Memphis area must have in place a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process. This process serves as the basis for developing plans and programs that are consistent with the comprehensively planned development of the West Memphis metropolitan area.
The West Memphis MPO serves as the forum for collective and cooperative decision making by principally elected officials of local government. The City of West Memphis was designated by Governor Clinton as the Metropolitan Planning Organization/MPO for the West Memphis-Marion Area, Arkansas portion of the Memphis Urbanized Area, in 1983, and subsequent agreements between the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and the West Memphis MPO developed the organizational structure and membership.
The West Memphis MPO study area consists of the current urban area and the area that is likely to become urban over the next twenty years. The West Memphis MPO study includes that area west from the Mississippi River along the southern right of way line of County Road 18 (Miller Road and Caldwell Road) to the western right of way line of County Road 205 (Hinkley Road); then north along said right of way line and continuing north to the intersection of the southern right of way line of the St. Louis-Southwestern Railroad; then in a southwesterly direction along said right of way line to the intersection of eastern right of way line of State Highway 147; then north along said right of way to the intersection of the southern right of way line of State Highway 131; then west along said right of way line to the western right of way line of County Road 51(Eubank Road); then north along said right of way line to U.S. 70; then continuing north along the western right of way line of County Road 25 (Katie Goodhope) to the northern right of way line of County Road 12 (Buck Lake Road); then east along said northern right of way line to State Road 306; then continuing east along the northern right of way line of State Road 306 to the western right of way line of County Road 165; then north along said right of way line to the northern right of way line of County Road 168; then northeasterly along said right of way line to the intersection of the northern right of way of County Road 172; then east along said right of way line to the intersection of the western right of way line of County Road 5; then north along said right of way line to the intersection of the northern right of way line of James Mill Road; then east along said northern right of way line to the Mississippi River being the eastern boundary of the study area.
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program was implemented to support surface transportation projects and other related efforts that contribute to air quality improvements and provide congestion relief. Funding can be applied to projects that reduce ozone precursor emissions (including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC)), carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
With adoption of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Congress made great strides in America's efforts to attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). One year later, Congress adopted the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act-the ISTEA of 1991. This far- reaching legislation brought transportation into the multi-modal arena and also set the stage for an unprecedented focus on environmental programs. Part of this approach was the newly authorized Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.
Jointly administered by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the CMAQ program was reauthorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015. As with its predecessor’s legislation, the FAST Act provides funding to areas in nonattainment or maintenance for ozone, carbon monoxide, and/or particulate matter.
While project eligibility largely remains the same, the legislation places considerable emphasis on diesel engine retrofits and other efforts that underscore the priority on reducing fine particle pollution (PM 2.5).
MTP 2050 Environmental Justice: Constrained Plan in Relation to Population Demographics
Interactive Map Test: WMATS Study Area
Traffic Counts: MPO Traffic Counts and Signs
Study Boundary: West Memphis - Marion Area Transportation Study Boundary
Urban Boundary: West Memphis - Marion Urban Area
M2M Connection: West Memphis - Harahan Connection (Main Street to Main Street Project)
Freight & Intermodal Facilities: Multimodal Transportation - Linking the Mid-South
Regional Freight Plan: A Memphis MPO Site
MTP Fiscally Constrained: 2040 - (This Plan is constrained by funding amounts expected to be made available to this area over the 20 year planning period.)
Projected Areas of Development: 2040 MTP
MPO Cross Sections:
Proposed Minor Arterial: Urban
Proposed Collector: Streets