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 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 the FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) on February 22, 2017. The adopted FY 2018 UPWP is available for review.
CORE MPO is requesting the public to review and provide comments on a report titled Draft FY 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The draft TIP report includes descriptions of highway, transit, bike/pedestrian, as well as other multi-modal projects in the Savannah area programmed to receive funds in fiscal years 2018 to 2021. The comment period starts on May 24, 2017 and written comments on the draft TIP will be accepted until the close of business on June 27, 2017. Any changes to the draft report will be posted on this web address. Please send your comments to Wykoda Wang. CORE MPO will host two public hearings to answer questions and accept comments on the draft TIP in conjunction with the June 2017 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and CORE MPO Board meetings. More information available for meeting times and locations.