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.



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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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Metropolitan Transportation Plan 12-1-2014 to 1-16-2015 Public Comment

Published in the St. Joseph News Press, Friday, November 28th, 2014


Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment

 The St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO) will be accepting public comment on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan draft beginning December 1st, 2014 and ending on January 16th 2015. The program will be discussed as a part of the formal agenda of the SJATSO –Technical Committee on Thursday, January 8th, at 10:30 and by the Coordinating Committee at Noon, on January 22nd. Location for both meetings is to be St. Joseph City Hall, at the 4th Floor Conference Room. The full agenda for each committee meeting will be available at the website address listed in this notice. SJATSO will be accepting comments on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan until Friday, January 16, 2015. Transit users should be advised that this notice represents the public participation program for St. Joseph Transit and that the proposed program of projects for transit is available for review, per Federal Transit Administration guidelines. Information concerning the proposed plan is available during normal business hours of the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall of St. Joseph, Savannah, Wathena, Elwood, branches of the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library System, branches of the St. Joseph Library District, all branches of the Doniphan County Library District, the Department of Public Works & Transportation, Missouri Department of Transportation – Northwest District, Planning & Road Departments of Andrew, Buchanan, and Doniphan County, and the web at: To request interpreter services, please contact the number or email below 24 hours in advance.


Comments may be sent to: John Schmidt, Transportation Planner, City Hall, 1100 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64501, telephone (816) 236-1489, e-mail:

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Notice for Public Comment on the Unified Planning Work Program

The St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO) will be accepting public comment on the Unified Planning Work Program until November 28, 2014.

Notice for Public Comment
Unified Planning Work Program – 2015