The Hot Springs Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was designated in 2003. The MPO adopted its current name, Tri-Lakes MPO, in 2013. Notably, federal regulations require MPOs to be designated in urbanized areas with a population of at least 50,000 people; in order to carryout a Continuing, Cooperative, and Comprehensive (3-C) performance-based, multimodal, metropolitan transportation planning process. As such, the MPO’s planning partners include but are not limited to the following: FHWA, FTA, ARDOT, Garland County, City of Hot Springs (including Intracity Transit), Hot Springs Village, Town of Fountain Lake, City of Mountain Pine, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce; Hot Spring County, and the general members of the public. The Tri-Lakes MPO is a branch of the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (WCAPDD). Therefore, all MPO meetings (unless otherwise mentioned) are held at the WCAPDD at 10:00 am at 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
Please note that, due to Coronavirus advisories, all MPO meetings and other business will be conducted electronically. Please contact us or visit our website for more information.
Key Metropolitan Transportation Planning Documents
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Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP): An MTP is the MPO’s long-range transportation plan. It covers no less than a 20-year planning horizon as of the effective date; and it is updated at least every 5 years.
The public comment period for the 2040 MTP and 2019-2022 TIP amendments pertaining to the Hot Springs Intracity Transit (HSIT) begins on Sunday, June 28th through Saturday, July 11th, 2020. All comments must be received in writing by email or postal service and postmarked no later than July 11th.
The public comment period for the draft 2045 MTP begins on Sunday, June 14th, 2020, through Monday, July 6th, 2020. All comments must be received in writing by email or postal service, and postmarked no later than Monday, July 6th, 2020.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): A TIP is the MPO’s short-range transportation plan. It reflects investment priorities established in the current MTP, and covers a period of no less than 4-years, and is updated at least every 4-years. However, an MPO may update the TIP more frequently, but the cycle for updating the TIP must be compatible with the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is developed by ARDOT and it’s updated annually.
Program of Projects (POP): A Program of Projects (POP) is a list of projects to be funded in a grant application submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by a state or designated recipient. The City of Hot Springs owns and operates the Hot Springs Intracity Transit (HSIT) bus system. The most recent POP can be downloaded from the City’s Transit Webpage.
Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP): An ALOP is listing of multimodal projects for which Federal funds were obligated in the preceding program year. Obligation means the Federal government’s legal commitment (promise) to pay or reimburse a State or other entity for the Federal share of a project’s eligible costs. Notably, most MPO programs and projects are financed using 80% Federal funding, and 20% State and/or Local match.
Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): A UPWP documents an MPO’s work proposed for the next 1 or 2 year period.
The public comment period on the draft SFY 2021 UPWP will begin on Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 28, 2020. All comments must be received in writing by email or by postal service and must be postmarked no later than Saturday, March 28, 2020. The draft will be available at the following locations: MPO’s office & website, Garland County Courthouse, Garland County Library, City of Hot Springs’ Transit Depot, and Hot Springs Village.
Annual Performance and Expenditure Report (APER): An APER reflects the performance and expenditure of the UPWP.
Title VI Plan: A Title VI plan demonstrates compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other Federal laws and regulations which prohibit discrimination in all Federally assisted programs.
Public Participation Plan (PPP): A PPP is a document which defines the process in which the MPO plans to involve individuals, public agencies, representatives of public transportation and other interested parties, in the metropolitan transportation planning process.
Bylaws: The Bylaws of an MPO provide guidance on the structure and operations of the MPO.
Performance Measures (PM): The FHWA defines Transportation Performance Management (TPM) as a strategic approach that uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve national performance goals. For more information, go to FHWA TPM Website and FTA TPM Website and 23 CFR 490.
Pavement and Bridge (PM 2)
System and Freight Reliability (PM 3)
2018 HSIT TAM Plan and Targets 2018 ARDOT TAM Plan and Targets
2018 ARDOT Statewide Coordination Plan
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) FTA Resources
2020 PTASP HSIT 2020 PTASP ARDOT
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC): The TAC provides technical assistance and advice to the Policy Board.
Policy Board: The Policy Board (PB) is the decision making body of the MPO.