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From David Wessel, Project Manager
Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization




(FLAGSTAFF) Over the next year, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) will be updating the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Blueprint 2040 process will identify the transportation investments needed to support the land use and economic development goals set forth in the Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 (FRP30). The RTP will address a multimodal transportation system: roads, transit, bicycle facilities, the pedestrian realm, and freight movement. It will add details to the regional transportation system at the plan and policy level, bridging the gap between the aspirational policies of FRP30 and the transportation facility details contained in city and county engineering standards. Blueprint 2040, with input from the public and stakeholders, will determine how the various transportation modes work together to create a comprehensive regional transportation system in support of the region’s goals for land use, economic development, recreation, and the environment.


FMPO is coordinating public outreach and study efforts with regional and state partners. This will assure that respective plans and projects are mutually supporting and provides the public opportunity to weigh in on multiple transportation issues at common events. A new website recently launched – MoveMeFLG – aids coordination by providing a single portal for regional transportation interests. Specifically, the FMPO Blueprint 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and the NAIPTA Flagstaff Transit Spine Study can be found there, and links to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s long-range planning effort will be coming soon.


The public’s input is needed. A quick survey will assist in linking the principals identified in the Flagstaff Regional Plan 2030 and Blueprint 2040 by better understanding “values” related to transportation. The input received will assist in developing the measures by which transportation projects will be prioritized. Surveys such as this are a staple in helping gain a better understanding of public opinion, this is where resources to create an online survey are needed. Companies such as this can click now to see how this can be started and what it can mean for the answers they are seeking.


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NAIPTA’s Flagstaff Transit Spine Study will identify, evaluate, and select transit improvements to connect key activity centers, reduce transit travel times, and improve transit ridership and operations. The new transit route that will result from this study is a direct response to NAIPTA’s long range plan and Place Matters. The route will be identified as a project in the transit section of Blueprint 2040.


Over the next year, there will be opportunities for the public to provide input to both of these important regional transportation studies as well as the state’s long range transportation plan. MoveMeFLG will be the website to find up-to-date information about transportation within the greater Flagstaff region. For more information, contact David Wessel at FMPO 928.213-2650;