Plans Programs & Policices
Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Consistent with MAP-21, the 2040 MTP update activities are coordinated through SJATSO. The 2040 MTP guides sensible development of the regional transportation system and fulfills federal regulatory requirements, making regional transportation projects eligible for funding. The 2040 MTP provides documentation of a dynamic 25-year planning process that considers social, environmental, energy, and economic factors in determining the regional transportation goals. The following elements were addressed in developing the 2040 MTP:

  • Identifying mobility needs for infrastructure demands within the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) through the year 2040;
  • Identify effective congestion, connectivity and access management strategies (i.e. Complete streets) that applies a systematic approach in addressing current and future multimodal transportation demand;
  • Plan integrated non-motorized facilities (pedestrian and bicycle) into street network;
  • Identify the operational and maintenance needs to preserve the existing transportation system;
  • Inventory existing facilities to relieve vehicular congestion and enhance the mobility of people and goods;
  • Design projects with scope and concept descriptions and cost estimates;
  • Multimodal evaluation of the transportation system for socioeconomic, environmental, and financial impact of the overall plan;
  • Identification of future transit needs;
  • Proposed transportation system enhancement activities and the priorities with which they should be evaluated;
  • Effective Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) strategies for the St. Joseph area and integrate strategies and/or plans on a regional basis;
  • Financial plan that demonstrates the consistency of proposed investments with already available and projected sources of funding;
  • Consistency with the current area comprehensive plans; and,
  • Health assessments of proposed project investments.

SJATSO 2040 MTP- Chapters 1-6

SJATSO 2040 MTP – Chapters 7-12


Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The LRTP is a 20-year forecast which must consider a wide range of social, environmental, energy, and economic factors in determining overall regional goals and how transportation can best meet those goals. In addition, the Long Range Transportation Plan shall include both short-range and long-range strategies/actions that lead to the development of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. You can view all 2035 LRTP maps and figures here.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is the coordinated work program for the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization, designated as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the St. Joseph, MO – Elwood/Wathena, KS area. Developed in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and local transit providers, the intent of the work program is to define the major administrative, planning and technical work elements for the upcoming year and identify the funding sources for these elements. Under federal regulations prospective work elements listed in the UPWP are required to address multi-modal transportation planning needs throughout the urbanized area.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a program management tool for structuring metropolitan transportation related projects. It is a program and schedule of intended transportation improvements (or continuations of current activities) usually covering a three (3) year period, developed as part of the process of applying for Federal funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The TIP should be considered the implementing tool of the 20 Year Long Range Transportation Plan: St. Joseph 2020: Vision for the Future, March, 2000. The plan is currently under revision and is anticipated to be updated in January, 2005.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) designated for a metropolitan area, in cooperation with the State(s) and affected transit operators, shall develop the TIP. For St. Joseph, the State shall mean the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). The MPO shall provide citizens, affected employee representatives, private providers of transportation, and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed program.

The TIP shall be updated at least once every two years and shall be approved by the MPO and the Governor(s), wherein it is incorporated into each state’s respective Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) by reference. It shall contain a priority list of projects to be carried out within each 3-year period or at least be grouped by year. Also, it shall provide a constrained financial plan that is capable of being implemented.

Under regulations governing urban transportation planning as prescribed jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO), as the designated MPO, has the responsibility of developing the TIP for the metropolitan planning area shown on the next page. The TIP, by regulation, is to be incorporated into the STIP without modification. Again in the FY04 TIP, Kansas includes in the metropolitan TIP’s all projects that are partly in and/or partly out of the MPO planning area.

  • TIP Document FY 2017-2020 (2016) – Published July 2016
  • Previous TIPs
Public Participation Plan (PPP)

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), as well its predecessor legislation the 1998 Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21), requires that the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization, the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the St. Joseph metropolitan area, adopt a proactive public involvement process.

Title VI/Environmental Justice/ADA Compliance Plan

It has been The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) longstanding policy to actively ensure nondiscrimination under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Federally funded activities.

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan

The St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO) is the federally designated transportation planning agency charged with coordinating transportation investments in the greater St. Joseph area, including Savannah, Elwood, Wathena, St. Joseph and Country Club Village, as well as parts of the counties of Buchanan, Andrew and Doniphan.


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