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.

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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?

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Bike to Work May 15th 2015


Bike to Work 2015 will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the end of Missouri’s Bike to Work Week (May 11-15) and during national Bike to Work Month (May) . The St. Joseph Metropolitan Planing Organization (MPO) hosted the 7th annual Bike to Work Day with prizes, discounts at local retailers and restaurants, an employer competition and photo contest,  as well as an after work awards ceremony and celebration at Norty’s. View our Bike to Work Day gallery here to get more acquainted with it all..

Bike to Work Day 2015 has 5 Simple Steps:

  1. First register by emailing your Name, Employer and Shirt Size to

  2. Then pick up your Registration Packet at Horizon Cycling on Monday May 11th between 11-5PM. Address: 3607 S. Belt Highway St. Joseph, Missouri.

  3. Email the MPO ( a bike related picture to enter the Photo Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Horizon Cycling. NEW this year: Top 4 employers with the most participants will WIN a Bagel Breakfast and Free Bike Racks!

  4. BIKE TO WORK on Friday, May 15 and then ride to all of our participating businesses for a discount!

    • Lucky Tiger
    • Delish Bakery
    • Café Pony Espresso
    • Mod Podge Boutique
    • Moxie Hair Salon
    • YMCA (Free Day Pass)
    • St. Joseph REC Center (Free Day Pass)
    • Hy-Vee (Free Trip to the Salad Bar)
  5. After work come on down and celebrate the camaraderie of the day at HiHo for free appetizers and our awards ceremony at 5:30PM on Friday May 15th! A BIG THANK YOU to Sunshine Electronic and HiHo for sponsoring the Happy Hour this year!


Missouri’s Transportation Funding Problem

Missouri is currently facing a big problem with transportation funding. Unless something is done now, the situation will only get worse. A bill has been introduced in the Missouri Senate that proposes a 2-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase for the next three years. This type of funding solution, commonly reffered to as 2+2+2+indexing, is the quickest and most feasible plan to solve the most urgent of Missouri’s transportation funding problems.

What will this solution do?
– Missouri’s 325 System would be avoided, so MoDOT would be able to keep of the state’s highways and bridges in the condition they’re in today.
– Missouri would be able to match federal funds.
– MoDOT’s popular cost-share program would return.
– Progress could be made on safety improvements, such as shoulders on two-lane roads.
– Limited major projects and planning studies would be possible.
– Cities and counties would see an increase in their road and bridge budgets.

How much will it cost?
The average driver could expect a monthly increase equal to the cost of a gallon of milk.

When does this need to happen?
Starting in 2017, Missouri’s funding will dip well below the levels needed to maintain the system in its current condition. Additionally, Missouri will be at risk to lose federal funds. Research shows that Missourians want transportation issues addressed.

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The 100 Missouri Miles Challenge

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, launched the “100 Missouri Mile Challenge” to promote Missouri’s distinction as the 2013 Best Trails State in America, the outdoor fitness initiative challenges Missourians to complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year. Since the official launch in 2013, more than 3,000,000 in the first two years of the challenge have been logged. These miles have been logged everywhere from Missouri’s largest cities to its smallest towns, giving Missouri Citizens the opportunity to get active and healthy while enjoying Missouri’s beautiful outdoors.

Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting our nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. The award recognized efforts by federal, state and local agencies as well as private organizations to expand and improve Missouri’s comprehensive recreational trail system, which offers trails for a wide range of interests and abilities, including hikers, backpackers, cyclists, paddlers and equestrians.

The Challenge is simple “100 Missouri Miles” of physical activity by the end of 2015. Whether you run, walk, bike, paddle, swim, or roll, everyone can participate. This initiative is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, improve your health and – best of all – have fun with family and friends! This yet another great reason to get outdoors and see all that the St. Joseph Metropolitan Area and Northwest Missouri has to offer! Take advantage of the areas local and regional trail network to see areas you have never seen before.

Take on the Challenge!

Sign up now to take Governor Nixon’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter using #100MoMiles