Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization
Since the mid-1960s, transportation planning for the community of Columbus, Georgia has been managed by the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-PCMPO). As the region grows, it is the responsibility of the C-PCMPO to provide transportation policy to keep Columbus moving.
The C-PCMPO is responsible for providing transportation policy and overseeing the federal transportation process for the Columbus region, which includes full and fair participation from the public. The C-PCMPO consists of the counties of Muscogee (GA), Chattahoochee (GA) and parts of Russell (AL), and Lee (AL).
The organization is officially known as the "Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study" and is the lead agency responsible for administering and coordinating the activities of participants carrying out the required tasks of the transportation process. Participants in this process included the Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC), the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), public transit operators METRA and PEX, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
In 1964, the governors of Alabama and Georgia appointed the Columbus, Georgia Department of Community Development as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan area. Since that time C-PCMPO has been charged with maintaining and planning the transportation needs of this region. In 1991 the role of the C-PCMPO changed with the passage of Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and later Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The primary goal of these programs was to establish new policies promoting multi-modal planning that performed in an efficient and comprehensive manner, while meeting the needs of surface transportation.
Consistent with the direction provided by the Federal transportation law, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the mission of the C-PCMPO is to develop, promote, and ensure implementation of a regional transportation plan that:
- Supports the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency;
- Increases the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
- Increases accessibility and mobility options available to people and freight;
- Protects and enhances the environment, promote energy conservation and improve quality of life;
- Enhances the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight;
- Promotes efficient system management and operation; and,
- Emphasizes the preservation of the existing transportation system.
The Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization achieves its mission by:
- Organizing, overseeing, and managing the planning process in compliance with the current federal requirements;
- Providing direction to and receiving policy related support from the Technical Advisory Committee of the C-PCMPO; and
- Providing policy direction and oversight to meet Federal and State environmental requirements for attaining air quality standards as required by the Federal Clean Air Act as amended.
The C-PCMPO is comprised of three committees which oversee various aspects of the planning process. Each committee is staffed by local government officials and private citizens from within the transportation study area. The committees, along with a brief description of their responsibilities, are listed below.
- Policy Coordinating Committee ( PCC ) is the body responsible for review and approval of the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study and all aspects including goals, objectives, plans, and programs developed by the Study.
- Technical Coordinating Committee ( TCC ) is responsible for collecting, maintaining and analyzing data for transportation planning.
- Citizens Advisory Committee ( CAC ) advises the Policy Committee and Technical Committee of the view point of the citizenry of the Columbus-Phenix City regional area.
As Columbus, Georgia continues to grow, so does the strain on the City's infrastructure. The Planning Department is responsible for keeping Columbus' infrastructure ahead of future growth expectations. The projects listed below help the Planning Department meet this goal.Veterans Parkway Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement
|Veterans Parkway Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement|
|Wynnton Road Streetscape Enhancement|
|14th Street Bridge|
|Columbus Fall Line Trace - TSPLOST|
Transportation Projects Map
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Transportation Improvement Plan
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a financially constrained three-year program covering the most immediate implementation priorities for transportation projects and strategies from the metropolitan transportation plan. It is the region's way of allocating its limited transportation resources among the various capitals and operating needs of the area, based on a clear set of short-term transportation priorities.
- Under federal law, the TIP:
- Covers a minimum three-year period of investment;
- Is updated at least every two years;
- Is fiscally constrained and not a wish list of projects;
- Is approved by the C-PCMPO and the governor for air quality; and
- Is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
|Transportation Improvement Program Report for FY 2015-2018 Final.|
|Amendment Nov.17, 2015|
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued the Final Rule to revise the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation regulations incorporating changes from the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users on February 14, 2007 with an effective date of March 16, 2007.
The revised regulations clearly define administrative modifications and amendments as actions to update plans and programs. 23 code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 450.104 defines administrative modifications and amendments as follows:
- Administrative modification "means a minor revision to a long-range statewide or metropolitan transportation plan, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), or Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that includes minor changes to project/project phase costs, minor changes to funding sources or previously-included projects, and minor changes to project/project phase initiation dates. Administrative Modification is a revision that does not require public review and comment, re-demonstration of fiscal constraint, or a conformity determination (in non-attainment and maintenance areas)."
- Amendment "means a revision to a long-range statewide or metropolitan transportation plan, TIP, or STIP that involves a major change to a project included in a metropolitan transportation plan, TIP, or STIP, including the addition or deletion of a project or major change in project cost, project/project phase initiation dates, or a major change in design concept or design scope (e.g., changing project termini or the number of through traffic lanes). Changes to projects that are included only for illustrative purposes do not require an amendment. An amendment is a revision that requires public review and comment, re-demonstration of fiscal constraint, or a conformity determination (for metropolitan transportation plans and TIP's involving "non-exempt" projects in non-attainment and maintenance areas). In the context of a long-range statewide transportation plan, an amendment is a revision approved by the State in accordance with its public involvement process."
|Amendments for 2016|
|Include Projects to the Columbus section of 2015 TIP|
|Remove two projects from TIP|
|Include three projects to LRTP|
|Amendments for 2013|
|2013-2016 TIP (METRA)|
|2013-2016 TIP (Alabama Projects)|
|FTA - 5310 Grant|
|Final 2014 - UPWP Signed Resolution|
Alternative Transportation Study
The Columbus Consolidated Government held interactive workshops to review an analysis of existing conditions to solicit comments regarding an Alternative Transportation Study (ATS). Findings from this study have been included in the following documents.