Sierra Vista MPO Quarterly Newsletter

January - March 2015



Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization


 SVMPO Web Site

The SVMPO website continues to improve and provide more information about transportation related topics and projects in the SVMPO Planning area.  

On the website, you can find meeting dates, information about current projects, and additional resources such as maps, plans & studies, and transportation related web links.  Check it out at


In This Issue:

2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Bicycle Parking

MPO 101

Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension


2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

The Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization is beginning the process of developing the MPO's first Regional Transportation Plan.  The RTP is a 25-year long range transportation plan that will be a road map, so to speak, for transportation projects and programs in the SVMPO Planning area. The RTP identifies goals, strategies and priorities for meeting the region's transportation needs.

Why Create the RTP Now?

Since 1962, federal law requires that urban areas with a population exceeding 50,000 people develop and regularly update the RTP.  The Sierra Vista region exceeded the 50,000 threshold as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, requiring the establishment of the Sierra Vista MPO. The SVMPO will create the RTP to meet federal requirements. 

The RTP will be the first long-range, multi-modal transportation plan for the area. It will establish a vision for the future of the regional transportation system and identify the projects that will make this vision a reality.

The SVMPO expects the RTP to be completed before the end of 2015.  

Public input is an integral and necessary part of the RTP development process.  For plan updates and how to participate, please visit the SVMPO's 2040 RTP project web page:

The first public meeting is anticipated to be held in March.  


Bicycle Parking

Sierra Vista maintains an extensive multi-use path and bike-lane system to get you almost anywhere in Sierra Vista you need to go on your bicycle.  

Like having a place to park your car, it is also important to have a place to securely park your wheels.  

The City of Sierra Vista is sponsoring a program to provide new bike racks to Sierra Vista businesses who request them.  

Contact if you would like a bike rack for your business or nominate a business that needs a bike rack.  Staff will work with the business owner to help identify the best location AND install the rack.  

New bike racks have already been installed at:

• Safeway Grocery Store

• Hastings

• Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Club

• Landmark Cafe

• Oscar Yrun Community Center

• Sun & Spokes

• Pete Castro Center (Public Works)

• Vista Transit

• PDS Country Club

Sponsorship Opportunity

Want to support and promote bicycling in your community? Sponsor a bike rack by making a donation to keep the program going.  Contact 


MPO 101

Federal Law requires those areas designated as "Urbanized" (UA) with a population of 50,000 or more individuals to form an MPO to continue to receive Federal Transportation funds for planning and roads.

The Sierra Vista UA is a population of 52,745.

The Sierra Vista UA population density is 1,741 people per square mile.  Overall urbanized area population density in the U.S. is 2,534 persons per square mile. 

71.2% of the U.S. population lives within an urbanized  area.


Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study

Dibble Engineering was selected by the SVMPO Board to create the Buffalo Soldier Trail (BST), Design Concept Report (DCR).  The DCR will identify route alternatives that are cost effective and provide the greatest benefit to the transportation system and community. 

The first Open House to gather public input is scheduled for January 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 St. Andrews Drive, Sierra Vista

The DCR is expected to be completed by June 2015.  For more information about the project and announcements, please see the project web page: 

Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization
401 Gulio Cesare Avenue
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635