The MPO identifies issues through the planning process at various times that require a great level of study to fully understand the options and decisions necessary for later implementation. The studies focus on speaking with stakeholders, the general public, environmental groups, government officials, and locally elected officials to obtain feedback concerning the goals and objectives of the community and how different project possibilities can both solve the identified issue and be compatible with the community itself.
Access studies take a broad view at identifying and examining multiple corridors and the transportation options within each. This more comprehensive look at the region’s transportation context allows for the development of several corridor studies in one.
Corridor studies often examine matters related to the best way to reach a point, identify the possible modes to do so (rail, highway, mass transit, bicycle, pedestrian, etc) and then factor in the technical challenges, land uses, economics, and overall costs & benefits of the project. Finally, a corridor study will then identify the recommended physical route to fulfill the project’s goals.


The St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization is always updating its Transportation Improvement Program. Only transportation projects on the TIP are eligible for federal funding. Member jurisdictions and relevant sponsored agencies can submit.



We try to keep you informed by all the latest transportation news, notices, policies and plans. View our most recent news and posts below and stay tuned for more updates through our social media sites and this website. View a notice.



As a public agency, the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization is always seeking public comments either proactively through our many planning processes or at other various meetings, events, phone calls and encounters. Submit your comment.

Photo Galleries

MPO Bridges

The St. Joseph Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has had a Bridge Deck Policy in place since 2003 in order to encourage pedestrian safety and access across our many bridges and overpasses. These 50+ year investments open up nearby land for future development, and in order to save money up front, the MPO encourages that the […]

Felix Streetscape Improvements

The transformation of Felix Street in Downtown St. Joseph.

Streets without Sidewalks

If you build it, will they come?