The Kingsport area MPO is an inter-governmental agency that is
responsible for transportation planning and programming in the greater
Kingsport metropolitan area. Each urban area in the United States has
an MPO which acts as a liaison between local communities, their
citizens, and the state departments of transportation (DOT's). MPO's
are important because they direct where and how available state and
federal dollars for transportation improvements will be spent.
The office of the MPO Coordinator and most of the staff is housed
within the City of Kingsport’s Transportation Planning Department,
although core staff can draw from many departments for assistance on
various projects. The MPO also utilizes personnel within the Tennessee
and Virginia Departments of Transportation for advice and technical
The Kingsport urban area MPO was founded in 1977 through the efforts of
the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of
Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal
Transit Administration. Membership includes all of the above as well as
the City of Kingsport, Sullivan County, LENOWISCO Planning District
Commission (representing Gate City, Weber City and Scott County
Virginia) and the Office of Local Planning (representing Mount Carmel,
Church Hill, Hawkins County and a small portion of Washington County).
The Kingsport MPO became eligible for MPO status when it reached the
minimum requirement of 50,000 in population after the 1970 Census. The
federal transportation act of 1964 created MPO’s throughout the United
States in order to improve metro area traffic flow through the planning
and development of urban-area streets and highways. The "metro"
planning concept was based on the fact that streets and highway systems
go beyond city, state, or other jurisdictional boundaries and an agency
should be formed to manage this type of arrangement. MPO’s also provide
a location for regional assistance to area governments/jurisdictions in
developing improvements and/or solutions to traffic flow problems and
other transportation activities. Although primarily for larger cities,
the process also includes planning and development of mass transit
Planning Factors for The MPO
Planning, which includes the production of a 20-year highway and
transit plan that includes recommended improvements (new or altered
Development & Implementation, to include creation and development
of various projects/programs of the TIP. Project development may
include aspects of the design and engineering process, as well as
tracking/managment of a variety of other tasks to completion of the
Collection, includes ongoing collection of traffic and demographic
data, which provides a continuous perspective on traffic patterns as
well as future expectations for growth.
Systems Management, involves monitoring of safety and related
performance, traffic control, and methods to improve the level of
service to motorists.
administering the funding and scheduling of area street and highway
projects, particular those funded by the Federal and State Governments
(within this task the MPO may occasionally develop studies and/or
advanced planning reports for specific highway projects, as directed by
Kingsport MPO ensures
nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities
in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964. If you need more information or special assistance for person
with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil
Rights Division at by phone at 804-786-2085 or by mail at 1401 East
Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23219.
If you have a
hearing or speech disability or use a TTY please use the FCC 711
dialing code to access a Telecommunications Relay Service that can
forward your comment.
Si usted necesita la traducción por favor entre en contacto con el MPO en por el teléfono en 423-224-2670.