2020 AMPO Annual Conference

Posted on February 18, 2020 AMPO1

 JOIN US OCTOBER 26 -30, 2020 IN MINNEAPOLIS for the AMPO Annual Conference





PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Although AMPO has identified the topics below as a means to structure the agenda for the 2020 Conference, we will also accept proposals on topics/issue areas that are not mentioned below. Organizations may submit a maximum of three abstracts.


  • Access to employment, services, and facilities
  • Measuring accessibility and quantifying social costs of inaccessibility

Complete Streets

  • Best practices and case studies for all modes, including bicycling, walking, and transit
  • American’s with Disabilities Act
  • Working collaboratively

Coordination and Collaboration with Key Partners

  • Coordination with the State DOT

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

Environmental Justice/Limited English Proficiency Plans (LEP)/Title VI

  • Incorporating both qualitative and quantitative measures of equity into long range planning
  • EJ analysis used in project prioritization
  • Demographics research and analysis
  • Outreach

FAST Act and MAP 21 Implementation


  • Addressing first / last mile bottlenecks
  • Collecting and applying freight data
  • Developing regional freight studies
  • Movement of freight through or around sensitive areas

Funding and Financing

  • Creative funding options
  • The Federal infrastructure bill or the Highway Trust Fund

Congestion Pricing

  • Ballot initiatives and referenda
  • Grants
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Sales taxes
  • User taxes

Future of Transportation Mobility

  • Best practices or case studies depicting the impact of disruptive technologies on transportation and land use planning
  • How to engage policy makers in preparing for the impacts of technology
  • How to plan for a rapidly changing world
  • Impacts of transformative vehicle technology
  • Travel behavior trends


  • Best practices
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Data partnerships
  • Implementation
  • New technologies, services, and application development

Interregional Compacts, Cooperation, and Plans

  • Development of interregional corridors
  • Megaregion issues

Land Use / Transportation Connection

  • Addressing property rights issues
  • Improving coordination between land use and transportation
  • Sustainable development
  • Tools

MPO Operations

  • Board member education and orientation
  • Continuation of operations plans (COOPs)
  • Managing consultant contract
    • RFPs / RFQs
    • Selection criteria
    • Small MPOs – Meeting the challenges of small staffs, small budgets, big needs
  • MPO staff management – hiring, performance reviews, policy and procedures, staff development, and staff benefits
  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) development and best practices

MPO Roles & Relevancy

  • Becoming an operator
  • Engaging elected officials in the planning process
  • Innovation in planning process
  • MPO strategic management
  • Niche only MPOs fulfill
  • Using data to guide planning

Performance Based Planning and Programming

  • Best practices and examples of implementation
  • Coordination with the State DOT

Performance Measures

  • Coordination with states, transit, and other partners
  • Data
  • Measuring, reporting, and evaluating
  • Multimodal measures
  • PM1: Safety
  • PM2: Pavement and Bridge Condition
  • PM3: System Performance, Freight, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Planning Requirements

  • Day to day
  • Developing financial planning estimates
  • Developing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs)
  • State and federal certifications
  • Updating the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)/ Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Public Involvement

  • Adopting and implementing the Public Participation Plan (PPP)
  • Challenges, successes, and lessons learned
  • Communicating performance to citizens and elected officials
  • Engaging a broader demographic
  • How agencies are communicating funding issues/gaps, funding options, and how they are getting feedback from the public on what they are willing to pay?
  • Innovative methods
  • Using social media

Professional Development

Scenario Planning

  • Best practices
  • How are MPOs using scenario planning in the metropolitan transportation plan or Transportation Improvement Program?
  • How to involve agency stakeholders & general public in scenario planning


  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Emerging technologies
  • ITS
  • Supporting communications
  • Transportation incident management
  • Transportation management and operations
  • Transportation Network Companies
  • Traveler information strategies

Transportation and Health

  • Health impact assessment of MTPs/LRTPs
  • Planning and environmental linkage studies
  • Project evaluation
  • Supporting public health and “active” modes

Transportation System Resiliency and Planning for All-Hazard Events

  • Factoring resiliency into funding decisions
  • Resiliency assessment/evaluation
  • Resiliency planning—best practices and resources