Transportation Planning Grants

Please click above to watch the Transporation Planning Grant webinar that was held on November 9, 2021. This overview is for those applying in both the urban and rural areas of the state. If you would like to view the PDF of the slides shown in the above video, please click here.

Transportation Planning Grants (TPG) 

These awards are set to begin work on August 1, 2022

MPO Area Awards:

Bristol MPO | City of Bristol, West State Street Corridor Study | Sullivan County Weaver Pike Corridor Study

Chattanooga MPO: City of Redbank Community Mobility Plan

Clarksville MPO: None

Cleveland MPO:  City of Cleveland Northeast Urban Connector Plan

Jackson MPO: None

Johnson City MPO: City of Elizabethton Community Mobility Plan

Kingsport MPO: City of Kingsport SR93/SR1 Traffic and Transportation Study

Knoxville MPO: City of Oak Ridge Airport Transportation Study

Lakeway MPO: Jefferson City SR34 Corridor Study and TSM&O Plan

Memphis MPO: City of Memphis Popular Ave. Safety and Mobility Plan | City of Memphis Tchulahoma Corridor Study | City of Oakland Major Throughfare Plan

Nashville MPO (GNRC): City of Westmoreland Corridor Study | City of Nolensville Walk/Bike Master Plan | Franklin Transit Authority Viability Study of Zero-Emmision Electric Vehicles | Town of Thompson's Station SR 6 Community Mobility Plan

RPO Area Awards:

Center Hill RPO: Putnam County Community Mobility Plan | CIty of Rock Island/Warren County Community Mobility Plan

Dale Hollow RPO: City of Gordonsville Community Mobility Plan

East TN North RPO: Morgan County Bridge and County Road Inventory

East TN South RPO: City of Sweetwater Main Street/Hwy. 11 Community Mobility Plan

First TN RPO: None

Middle TN RPO: None

Northwest RPO: City of Sharon Pedestrian/Sidewalk Master Plan

South Central East RPO: Bedford County Mobility Plan | City of Shelbyville Complete Streets Plan | City of Dechard Community Mobility Plan | City of Tullahoma Cedar Lane/Westside Dr. Corridor Study

South Central West RPO: None

Southeast RPO: City of Athen Bike/Ped Master Plan | City of Dayton Community Mobility Plan

Southwest RPO: City of Decaturville Bike/Ped Master Plan

West TN RPO: City of Ripley Citywide Transportation Plan | Fayette County Community Mobility Plan


The 2022 UTPG Application Process is now open and is due by December 30, 2021. Please see below for more information:

2022 UTPG Fact Sheet/Application Process

UTPG Program Goals

  • Assist urban jurisdictions with transportation-related solutions that strengthen multimodal cohesiveness of the transportation system.Guide communities with developing potential the strategies that will support improvements in traffic flow, safety, mobility, and overall efficiency of the transportation system
  • Provide jurisdictions with planning resources inorder to achieve the community transportation and land use visions and futureeconomic growth
  • Eligible ApplicantsMust be a TN jurisdiction (municipal or county) located within a MPO’s Planning Area.Multiple jurisdictions will be able to apply jointly

Key Facts

  • $200,000 is the maximum amount of planning services
  • 90% of consultant services will be funded by TDOT
  • 10% of the project cost must be a local cash match on behalf of the awarded jurisdiction
  • Length of projects shall not exceed 12 months
  • Only one project will be funded per MPO

Eligible Activities

  • Transportation plans that include analysis to determine multimodal transportation needs to increase the accessibility,
    mobility, and safety of people and freight, such as active transportation plans, safety focused plans (motorized and non-motorized), urban freight studies, and community mobility plans
  • Transportation planning activities to better coordinate transportation and land-use decisions, including corridor studies and school siting/industrial-commercial siting
  • Transportation planning activities to support a Corridor Management Agreement including curbside management in more urban environments.Transportation plans to enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, such as a Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) study, a smart mobility plan, or a transportation resilience or transportation sustainability plan
  • Transportation plans that address parking management and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies that support the use of transit, reduce private automobile demand, or promote alternative and/or shared modes, including transit-oriented development plans, urban area parking studies, and park-n-ride investment plans
  • Other innovative transportation-related planning projects and activities that are consistent with both the MPO’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the State of Tennessee’s transportation goals.

2021 Awarded Communities:

Bristol MPO: None

Chattanooga MPO: Mobility Plan for the City of Chattanooga

Clarksville MPO: Clarksville Transit Service Strategic Plan Update

Cleveland MPO: SR-306 Corridor Study for the City of Cleveland

Jackson MPO: City-Wide Bike/Ped Master Plan Update for the City of Jackson

Johnson City MPO: SR-354 Corridor Study for Johnson City, Town of Jonesborough, and Washington County

Kingsport MPO: East Center Street Corridor Study for the City of Kingsport

Knoxville MPO: City-Wide Classified Streets Plan for the City of Knoxville

Lakeway MPO: Traffic Signal Coordination & Complete Streets Plan for the City of Morristown

Memphis MPO: Summer Avenue Corridor Study for the City of Memphis

Nashville MPO: County-Wide Bike/Ped/Active Transportation Plan for Sumner County

Fact Sheets

Please check the Fact Sheets below. Each contains information and examples of various eligible planning activities. The Fact Sheets are designed to assist you with deciding the type of plan that will be the best fit for your community. If you have any additional questions, please contact your regional OCT staff by using the link on the left of this page. 

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