Transportation Planning



Missoula MPO staff are currently accepting comment on two amendments:

2016 LRTP: Amendment #1 to the 2016 Long Range Transportation Plan (Activate Missoula 2045) will add one new project, Gerald Avenue Sidewalk Improvements. This project was selected for funding by the Transportation Alternatives Program, a competitive state-wide grant program managed by the Montana Department of Transportation. In order to be included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Federal Law requires it to be in the LRTP. Information on the draft amendment to the LRTP can be found here.

2018-2022 TIP: Amendment #1 to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2022 proposes to add the Gerald Avenue Sidewalk Improvements project for funding through the TA program in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The draft TIP amendment can be found here(changes noted in red).

Comments will be accepted on both the LRTP and TIP amendments through October 13, 2017.

Transportation Planning

The Planning Section of the Transportation Division acts as staff to the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a regional transportation planning body for the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) that includes the City of Missoula and the adjacent urban areas of Missoula County.

The mission of the MPO is to plan and program a safe and efficient transportation system for the Missoula area that increases access and mobility through multimodal options.

Federal transportation planning law requires formation of MPOs for all urban areas with a population greater than 50,000 residents. Missoula’s MPO was designated in 1982 through an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). The agreement established the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to act as the governing body for the MPO and its associated staff. The agreement further established the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) to provide technical advice to the TPCC and technical direction to the transportation planning process.
Under the direction of the TPCC, the MPO is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning process required for the region by 23 CFR 450. Specific MPO responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated (“3-Cs”) transportation planning program for the region;
  • Providing for the transportation planning needs of state and local agencies and to assist these agencies in securing federal funds for the region;
  • Encouraging cooperation among all levels of government;
  • Providing information for government agencies and public and private sector organizations; and
  • Ensuring the development and implementation of a fully integrated multimodal transportation plan which meets all federal mandates.