Tri-Lakes MPO

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The Hot Springs Area Metropolitan Planning Organziation (MPO) has a new name; Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Planning Organization.  The organization's Policy Board made amendments to the by-laws at it's meeting held on July 11, 2013 to change the MPO's name.  The name change more accurately reflects the organzation's regional service area that includes Garland County, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Mountain Pine and part of Hot Spring County.  Further, the Tri-Lakes MPO Policy Board also elected to transfer the MPO's operations to West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (WCAPDD).  

The Tri-Lakes MPO is located within the headquarters of WCAPDD at 1000 Central Avenue in Hot Springs. Tri-Lakes MPO is the official MPO for the local urbanized area.  Each area of more than 50,000 persons must have a designated MPO to coordinate transportation planning and funding on a regional level.  The MPO is responsible for planning and developing a safe, efficient and affordable transportation system for the region.  The initial Hot Springs Area MPO was formed in 2003 to develop a comprehensive long-range transportation plan for the area.

Job Opportunity

West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District/Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Planning Organization has an open position for MPO Study Director.  For a detailed description and list of responsibilities click here.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Experience in city or regional planning, transportation planning, geography as well as MPO experience is preferred.  Master’s Degree in city or regional planning, public administration or related field is a plus, as is American Institute of Certified Planners certification.

Organizational skills, technical writing, fluency in personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, database and other applications are necessary as is the ability to prepare and present written and oral presentations.  Applicant must be able to meet deadlines and other time demands relative to project/task development and completion.  The selected candidate will work closely with the MPO Executive Director, MPO committees, local governments, and transportation providers to develop, the Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Planning Work Program, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Transit Survey, public involvement strategies, and other administrative and organizational efforts. The MPO is the legally designated organization responsible for developing state and federal transportation plans and programs for the multi-county study area as well as the local needs of the partner jurisdictions.

Strong communication skills and the ability to lead a public meeting is a must. Strong interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with various officials, staff, citizens and state and federal agencies is needed.  Applicant must be able to maintain effective cooperative relationships between all levels of government particularly members of the MPO Technical Committee, Policy Board and other established committees.  Having considerable knowledge of theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process is needed.  The applicant must have considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics.

Job Responsibilities:  The MPO Study Director must be proficient in administrative tasks, report preparation, and program management.  The position requires a current understanding of rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and more specifically the Federal Highway Administration relative to the various components of transportation planning:  freight, safety, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and performance measures.  The applicant must be creative and possess interpersonal relationship skills and be able to generate and conduct work in a team-based environment.

Salary Range: Depending on qualifications.  WCAPDD has a competitive benefits package including 13 paid holidays; 401 (k) retirement package; employer paid health, dental and disability insurance.

Resume Submittal Deadline:  Position is open until filled.  Individuals interested in this position please send cover letter and resume to:  West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, ATTN: Study Director, P.O. Box 6409, Hot Springs, AR 71902-6409, or via e-mail to .



2018 MPO Calendar - Click here for the MPO Technical Committee and Policy Board calendar/schedule of meetings.  All meetings will be held at 10:00 AM at the Tri-Lakes MPO offices located within the WCAPDD headquarters at 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR  71901

Revised Public Participation Plan (PPP)

The PPP is available for public review and comment.  Click on the document link here to open for review.  Please transmit any comments, in writing, to Robert Tucker, Study Director at 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR  71901 or via email to .

Comments will be accepted until April 9, 2018.

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan 

The Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Transportation Plan was adopted by the MPO’s Policy Board on September 10, 2015.  It represents the culmination of a 10 month effort update, revise and incorporate the public’s input into a document that will guide the development of transportation infrastructure in the Hot Springs metropolitan area for the next five years.

Below are PDF versions of the Plan and its Executive Summary.

2040 MTP Executive Summary
2040 MTP (Complete)
 MTP Amendments
         - 4/28/16 MTP Amendment
         - 10/26/17 MTP Amendment

The following amendments to the 2040 MTP were adopted by the Policy Board on 10/27/17 subject to a 14 day public review period:

MTP Appendix E & F


Tri-Lakes Area Transportation Planning Documents

2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) - PDF
 TIP Amendments
          - 5/26/16 TIP Amendment
         - 10/27/16 TIP Amendment
          - 10/26/17 TIP Amendment

2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) - PDF
Public Participation Plan - PDF
2017 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects - PDF
Title VI Program - PDF
TLMPO Bylaws (As amended 10/26/17) - PDF
Hot Springs Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan - PDF
TLMPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan - PDF

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Tri-Lakes MPO
PO BOX 6409
1000 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR  71902

Phone: 501-525-7577

Dwayne Pratt, MPO Director
Open, Study Director
Linda Justice, MPO Administrative Assistant

Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Planning Organization (TL-MPO) complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statues and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  Therefore, the Tri-Lakes MPO does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion or disability, in the admission, access to and treatment in the MPO's programs and activities, as well as the MPO's hiring or employment practices.  Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding the MPO's non-discrimination policies may be directed to Study Director, 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71901, (501) 525-7577, (Voice/TTY 711), or the following email address:

This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.