TPO Overview

Our Mission: Advise and assist our region to improve and expand transportation choices by involving citizens and decision makers in our plans, forums and outreach.

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is federally mandated to provide comprehensive transportation planning in the TPO Planning Area.

The TPO planning area includes all of Knox County and the contiguous urban areas of Anderson, Blount, Loudon, Roane and Sevier counties. The following cities/towns within those counties are represented on the TPO:  Alcoa, Clinton, Farragut, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Loudon, Maryville and Oak Ridge .

A Bit of History

The TPO was established in 1977 and initially included just the City of Knoxville and a surrounding portion of Knox County. The 1980 Census substantially enlarged the boundaries and, in 1982, the TPO expanded to include more of Knox County, the Town of Farragut, the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville, and surrounding areas of Blount County. In 2000, the urbanized area again increased to include additional areas of Knox and Blount Counties as well as Lenoir City and surrounding areas of Loudon County and a portion of Sevier County in the Seymour area.

Who We Are

Executive  Board

The Executive Board is responsible for setting policy and adopting plans and programs. The Board provides a forum for collaboration and decision-making related to regional transportation policy, planning, and funding

Meeting Updates

Technical Committee

The basic responsibility of the Technical Committee is to collaborate with staff to provide recommendations to the Executive Board in the development of regional transportation plans and programs.

Meeting Updates

Staff

The TPO is housed within Knoxville-Knox County Planning (Planning) and staffed by transportation planners and engineers.

Full Staff List

What We Do

The TPO is federally mandated to provide comprehensive transportation planning in the TPO Planning Area. This area includes all of Knox County and parts of Anderson, Blount, Loudon, Roane and Sevier counties. The following cities/towns within those counties are represented on the TPO:  Alcoa, Clinton, Farragut, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Loudon, Maryville and Oak Ridge.

The TPO produces three basic documents which include the Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP), The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TPO also evaluates traffic congestion, air quality, mobility, and other alternative transportation modes.

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Funding

The MPO is funded by federal grant programs authorized by the U.S. Congress and by contributions from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and local government.

More On Funding

For more information about funding for planning activities, see the Transportation Planning Work Program.

For more information about funding for roads, bridges, transit, and walking and bicycling facilities, visit the Transportation Improvement Program.

Regional Partners

National Partners