Transportation planning provides the information, tools, and public involvement needed for improving multimodal transportation system performance. It is a continuous process that requires monitoring of the system's performance and condition. Since the 1960s, the Federal government has tied the availability of funding to the requirement for urbanized areas of certain size to have a Comprehensive, Continuous, and Cooperative process (the 3 Cs). In the 1970s, the Federal government prescribed that the process would be handled by a policy board, generally called a Metropolitan Planning Organization, in each area. Transportation planning for the Savannah area is carried out by the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO). The CORE MPO Board consists of local elected and appointed officials, as well as modal representatives.
The CORE MPO's transportation planning process is comprehensive in that it involves detailed examinations of all travel modes in the area, as well as land use relationships; it is cooperative in that it involves representatives of many agencies, elected officials, and the general public; and it is continuing in that it is kept current to address changing transportation issues and problems.
There are several federally-required documents that CORE MPO must produce for the transportation planning process - Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Porgram (UPWP), Congestion Management Process (CMP), Participation Plan, and Title VI program.
CORE MPO also conducts special transportation studies based on the regional and local needs as a part of the transportation planning process.
The CORE MPO Board adopted amendments to the 2040 MTP, amendments to the FY 2015 - 2018 TIP, and amendments to the FY 2018 - 2021 TIP for two projects - SR 404 SPUR/US 17 at BACK RIVER and SR 404 SPUR/US 17 FM NE OF SAVANNAH HARBOR PKWY TO BACK at the meeting held on August 23, 2017.
The CORE MPO Board adopted proposed amendments to the FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at the June 28, 2017 meeting. The updates are to ensure timely letting of several projects in Chatham County.
The CORE MPO Board adopted proposed modifications to the 2040 Total Mobility Plan (the Metropolitan Transportation Plan or “MTP”) at the Mar 9, 2016 meeting. These modifications address the new portions of the recently expanded planning area (including Richmond Hill in Bryan County and some of Effingham County).
The CORE MPO Board adopted proposed amendments to the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) at the June 28, 2017 meeting. The updates are to ensure consistency between the 2040 MTP and FY 2018-2021 TIP.
The CORE MPO Board adopted the FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) on February 22, 2017. The adopted FY 2018 UPWP is available for review.
The August meeting of CORE MPO's Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) will take place on Wednesday, August 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the CAT Intermodal Transit Center board room.
The CORE MPO Board adopted the FY 2018 - 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at the June 28, 2017 meeting. The new TIP includes multi-modal transportation improvement projects programmed for funding in fiscal years 2018-2021.