Call for Projects for Transportation Alternatives Funding
The TPO has issued a call for projects for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding. The funding is for local governments to construct pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and programs. TAP funding requires a 20% local match. The application includes portions of the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Guidance, and lists the evaluation factors to be used in the project selection process. The application can be found here. The Communities of Concern map can be found here. Completed applications are due back to the TPO by 5 p.m. July 6, 2015.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx visits Knoxville
The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation visited Knoxville on Tuesday, May 12, to highlight the need for transportation funding that is sufficient to maintain our infrastructure and allow for good planning.
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Long Range Mobility Plan Amendments Spur Air Quality Conformity Determination
A set of project amendments for both the Long Range Regional Mobility Plan and FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program were adopted by the TPO Executive Board at their March 10, 2015 meeting. An air quality conformity determination for these amendments was required due to the Knoxville Region's current air quality attainment status with Federal Clean Air Act regulations. A presentation was provided by the TPO staff that gives an overview of the transportation planning requirements associated with meeting the Federal air quality regulations and the conformity analysis that was conducted by the TPO to demonstrate compliance of its transportation plans with those requirements. View the presentation here.
Attitudes Make a Difference with Walking/Biking Behavior
At their March meetings, the TPO's Technical Committee and Executive Board learned about the importance of attitudes and culture in implementing programs such as Safe Routes to School. Jerry Everett, who is the research director for UT's Center for Transportation Research, conducted the study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He learned, among other things, that Tennessee parents are more likely to say that their families would not approve of their children walking to school, as compared with parents in more bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities. You can see his presentation here.
Knox to Oak Ridge Greenway Plan Complete
A plan to link existing and planned greenways in West Knoxville, West Knox County and Oak Ridge has been completed. The plan describes a preferred and alternate route, as well as the benefits of completing the greenway linkage, which include increased property values and healthier communities. You can find the completed plan here.
FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. The same website also offers PEDSAFE, which provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. An online Countermeasure Selection Tool asks for simple input about a problem location and then provides a list of potential treatments and programs that could improve safety.