One of the key functions of the SVMPO is to coordinate long-range regional transportation plans and, from those, develop short-range (five-year) prioritized project lists. Both of these efforts include data driven research that help member jurisdictions assess future transportation needs, identify potential costs, prioritize improvements and then work with each other to implement regional solutions. This webpage will link you to region-wide plans that guide annual program, plan and project development.
2050 Long-Range Transportation Plan Update (2050 LRTP)
Regional Long-Range Transportation Plans are required to cover at least 20 years and must be updated at least every five years. These plans set regional priorities for meeting future transportation needs. Potential funding for the planning period is projected, and future projects that might be considered are recommended, within available funding. Many federal and state transportation funding sources require that projects be identified in regional long-range transportation plans to be eligible for project funding.
Short-Range Transit Plan (Vista Transit)
The SVMPO provides support to public transit agencies to provide five-year transit planning for local transit agencies. An important component of this plan is considering regional transit connectivity. Six recommendations were developed for Vista Transit and the City to consider implementing. Two of these: improved fare boxes and update the mandated Public Transportation (Transit) Agency Safety Plan are underway in 2021.
The 2021-2026 Short-Range Transit Plan was adopted by the SVMPO Board on August 25, 2021 and presented to the Sierra Vista City Council on December 9, 2021.
2023-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The TIP is completed annually and presented to the Board for adoption in May or June. This document describes the five-year programming of projected funding for construction and transit projects. Use of the funds is typically restricted to roadways in the federally functionally classified roadway system.
The 2023-2027 TIP has no new construction phases for this time-frame. Three Design phase projects will be undertaken on Moson Rd., Buffalo Solider Trail and Skyline Drive. Future funding for construction phases may include federal or state grants, regional funding and partnerships with local agencies. Transit projects, funded by the Federal Transit Administration, are also included in this five-year TIP. The 2023-2027 TIP was adopted by the SVMPO Board on June 22, 2022.
Short-Range Transportation Improvement Program Amendments
The approved TIP is almost always amended several times a year to adjust funding, adjust project schedules, modify approved projects or add projects. TIP Amendments typically consists of just the TIP spreadsheets and, once approved, replace the spreadsheets in the adopted TIP. TIP Amendments must also be approved by the SVMPO Board of Directors and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The 2022-2026 TIP was amended on June 22, 2022 to include awarded 5310 grants for mobility services provided by non-profits agencies.
Strategic Highway Safety Plan
The SVMPO partnered with the Southeastern Council of Governments (SEAGO) and ADOT to complete a region-wide safety analysis. This plan identifies areas of concern for specific types of crashes and developed strategies for potentially mitigating fatal and serious injury crashes. Projects were prioritized in this plan and are eligible for Highway Safety Improvement Program grant funds. Unfortunately, many of the crashes in this region are the result of driver behavior: speeding, red-light running, impaired or distracted driving, or failure to yield. Stay Alive…Focus on the Drive.
Bicycle & Pedestrian
Resources and plans related to our regional bicycling and walking modes of travel are available here on our website. Every vehicle trip made is bracketed by a pedestrian trip to and from your vehicle: this final link in getting to where you need to go is an important consideration in transportation project planning. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) guides SVMPO activities to support healthy alternatives to driving.