Goals and Services
The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan established the following guiding statements and goals:
- Congestion Reduction
- Promote reductions in recurring congestion through transportation capacity, access management, and policy improvements.
- Recognize savings (e.g. time and fuel consumption) by minimizing vehicle miles traveled through enhanced integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight.
- Promote efficient system management and operation, and support measures that reduce single occupant vehicle travel during peak demand hours.
- Economic Vitality
- Identify transportation recommendations that enable global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency.
- Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and freight, both civilian and military-related, within the region and to other areas.
- Leverage gateways and aesthetics to create an atmosphere that fosters economic investment.
- Environmental Sustainability
- Protect and enhance the natural and social environment using context-sensitive transportation strategies.
- Minimize direct and indirect environmental impacts of the transportation system while planning and prioritizing transportation recommendations.
- Promote consistency between transportation improvements, land use decisions, and economic development patterns.
- Multimodal Integration
- Provide desirable and user-friendly transportation options for all user groups regardless of socioeconomic status or physical ability.
- Support a fully integrated multimodal network that advances the concept of complete streets.
- Expand and maintain a network of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities that connects homes, activity centers, and complementary amenities.
- Safety and Security
- Improve the safety of the transportation system for all user groups regardless of socioeconomic status or physical ability
- Increase the reliability, predictability, and efficiency of the transportation experience through system improvements and enhanced communication.
- Improve safety and security by enhancing the evacuation route network for natural events and protecting access to military assets.
- System Preservation
- Limit expansion of the roadway network to the most necessary projects that best address identified issues.
- Increase the lifespan of existing infrastructure and ensure transportation facilities are used optimally.
- Maintain the transportation network by identifying and prioritizing infrastructure preservation and rehabilitation projects such as pavement management and signal system upgrades.
At a workshop held on December 16, 2010, the following operational services were identified by members of the TAC and TCC. These services are intended to work toward MPO goals by broadly defining the scope of appropriate JUMPO activities.
Transit Services Planning: In accordance with the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding between JUMPO and the City of Jacksonville, both agencies will collaboratively plan for the effective and efficient development of the Jacksonville Transit system.
Corridor Planning: Corridor planning is an essential tool used by local governments to shape the future of existing or planned roadways. The TAC and TCC concluded that corridor planning is an important JUMPO function and those projects should:
- Be multi-modal in nature, focusing on all forms of transportation available to move people and freight
- Improve the safety of our transportation system
- Follow guidance provided by the Federal Highway Administration to include both land use and transportation aspects of the corridor, focusing on long-term livability and sustainability
- Evaluate opportunities for improving system connectivity
- Promote the concept of complete streets
- Consider environmental impacts of the transportation system/enhancements
- Extend across jurisdictional boundaries to improve planning cohesiveness between the MPO and RPO
Congestion Management Planning: Congestion management planning is a critical component of maintaining an efficient and effective transportation system. While MPOs with greater than 200,000 permanent residents are required by federal legislation to maintain a Congestion Management Process, the Jacksonville MPO has yet to exceed that threshold. While not specifically required, congestion management planning is a priority JUMPO function.
Land Use and Development Services: Jacksonville MPO staff provides technical support to the City of Jacksonville Development Services Department and Onslow County Planning and Development Department for transportation-related plan review.