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Shane Davis, Director of Urban Development, Transportation Planning Process Coordinator
308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801
The transportation planning process for state and local governments, specified in the United States Code Section 134, Title 23, requires that a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) be designated in urban areas with a population exceeding 50,000 individuals.
The local MPO, formally known as the Huntsville Area Transportation Study (HATS), was established in the 1970s by the Governor of Alabama. The HATS/MPO operates under a signed agreement concerning the transportation planning process for the Huntsville Urbanized Area. The agreement, updated in 1995 and signed by Madison County; the municipalities of Huntsville, Madison, Owens Cross Roads, and Triana; the State of Alabama; and the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, indicates that the Huntsville Urbanized Area will carry out a 3-C (cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing) transportation planning process. This is imperative, so that coordination with the planned development of the Huntsville Urban Area can occur, and so that the designated jurisdictions can qualify for federal funding assistance for highway improvements.
The HATS/MPO plans and programs transportation improvements for the Huntsville Urbanized Area through the Unified Planning Work Program, Transportation Improvement Program, and the Long Range Transportation Plan. All federally funded transportation projects in the urban area must be programmed for construction by the HATS/MPO, and be listed in the Transportation Improvement Program and the Long Range Transportation Plan adopted by the HATS/MPO.
The MPO seeks public involvement and public input to transportation plans and policies. Please take a moment to review any documents requiring public comment, and please take the time to let us know your thoughts! Most of our documents require that you have Acrobat Reader in order to view them. If you do not have it currently available, click here for a free download.
Current MPO Road Projects/Plans
Current Adopted Plans
Five Year Schedule of Planned Road Projects
:: Final FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program
Adopted TIP Amendments
Road Projects Planned for the Next 25 Years
:: Final Year 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan
The Final Year 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan is a large document and may take a while to download, depending upon your internet connection. Since that is the case, we have divided the plan into chapters for faster access:
Front Material & Executive Summary
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Modeling
Section 3 - Growth Forecasts
Section 4 - Highway Element
Traffic Volume & V/C Ratio Maps
Section 5 - Highway Project Evaluation
Section 6 - Transit Element
Section 7 - Bike/Pedestrian Element
Section 8 - Congestion Management
Section 9 - Multimodal Element
Section 10 - Financial Plan
Plans for Public Review and Comment
The following transportation plan is available for public review and comment:
Final Fiscal Year 2014 Unified Planning Work Program
To submit comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
City of Huntsville Planning Department
Attention: Huntsville Area Transportation Study
P.O. Box 308
Huntsville, Alabama 35804
All comments should be received before September 9, 2013.
MPO News and Public Notices
The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Huntsville Area's Metropolitan Planning Organization - will be meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm on the 7th floor of the City of Huntsville's municipal building.
The Technical Coordinating Committee of the Huntsville Area's Metropolitan Planning Organization - will be meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm on the 1st floor of the City of Huntsville's municipal building.
The Huntsville Area Transportation Study - the Huntsville Area's Metropolitan Planning Organization - will be meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm on the 1st floor of the City of Huntsville's municipal building. Agendas for all these meetings are available by clicking on this link:
MPO Committee Agendas
The item to be discussed is the adoption of the Final Fiscal Year 2014 Unified Planning Work Program and the following TIP Amendment.
Alabama Department of Transportation ARRA 2009 Website and Governor's Certifications