Transportation Planning



Missoula MPO staff are currently accepting comment on three items:

2018-2022 TIP: Amendment Number 4 to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes adjustments to the following programs: Surface Transportation Program Urban (STPU), Surface Transportation Program Off System (STPX), Secondary (STPS), Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), FTA Section 5307, 5339, and 5310.

Find the draft TIP amendment (PDF) (changes noted in red).

CTSP update scope of work: The proposed scope of work to update the 2013 CTSP outlines activities necessary to be compatible with the current Montana Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP) at a community level. The primary activities will be stakeholder input, analysis of existing crash data, as well as implementation of "best practices" in safety programs, data management, funding opportunities, emerging technologies, and program management/implementation. Find the draft scope of work.

2018 UPWP: Amendment Number 2 to the 2018 Unified Planning Work Program will add staff time and resources to updating the 2013 CTSP under item 301 – Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Plans. Find the draft amended 2018 UPWP.

Comments will be accepted on all items through July 17, 2018, and can be submitted to Aaron Wilson at 406-552-6668 or email Aaron Wilson.

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.