Formerly known as the Cheyenne Area Transportation Planning Process (ChATPP) the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was designated for transportation planning purposes by the governor of Wyoming in 1981. The MPO is responsible for developing transportation policies and coordinating the various federal, state, and local agencies involved in long-range transportation planning and project development. Although the MPO’s primary focus has been transportation, its mission is not confined to just highways and pavement. The MPO is involved with all aspects of growth, development and quality-of life improvements for the Cheyenne Area. The geographic area the MPO is involved with is a twenty-year socioeconomic growth area known as the Metropolitan Planning Boundary.
A Comprehensive, Cooperative and Continuing (3C) planning process is necessary for the MPO to plan for Cheyenne’s future transportation needs. A major part of this process involves citizen’s input and a three- committee format that produces an on-going attempt to satisfy present and future travel demands, as well as to provide transportation needs for a growing population and economic base.
The MPO coordinates the development of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will contains a prioritized list of all proposed highway, street, transit, airport, and public utility projects in the metropolitan area for a three-year period. In addition, the MPO provides funding estimates for the implementation of those programs. The MPO ensures there is adequate opportunity for comment by citizens, public transit users, public agencies, representatives of transportation agencies, freight shippers, private providers of transportation and other parties on the proposed program.
The MPO planning process includes considerations such as land use, bicycle and pedestrian needs, intermodal connectivity, methods to enhance transit service, and needs identified through the management systems required under the act.
It is our aspiration that the projects listed in this TIP are the results of a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process which consider and reflect the following seven major planning elements:
- Support economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency.
- Increase safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
- Increase accessibility and mobility options available to people for freight.
- Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, and improve quality of life.
- Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight.
- Promote efficient management and operation.
- Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation systems.