2019 AMPO Annual Conference

2019 AMPO Annual Conference

The 2019 AMPO Annual Conference will be held October 21 – 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. It will bring together MPO staff, Policy Board members, federal and state employees, and consultants to share information and best practices on a variety of current and emerging MPO issues.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 AMPO Annual Conference. Presentation proposals are due by May 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. To help structure the conference program, AMPO has identified a list of suggested categories based on high priority topics for metropolitan planning organizations nationwide. Submissions on other categories will also be accepted. Organizations may submit a maximum of three abstracts. Click here to submit a presentation proposal. Click here to view presentations from last year’s conference in San Antonio, Texas.

**Presentations that market specific products, vendors, and services will not be accepted.
**All of the organizations, activities, and projects mentioned by the proposal must consent to being included in the proposal and potential presentation at the 2018 AMPO Annual Conference.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROPOSAL? The AMPO Annual Conference seeks to address current issues MPOs are facing, as well as day-to-day operations. In order to demonstrate that you are providing the most useful information and tools to our MPO practitioners, we suggest proposals address the 3Ps:

  • Purpose: Is the presentation relevant to MPO practitioners? Will the participants be able to do something by the end of the session that they could not do (as effectively) prior to attending?
  • People: Will your presentation directly link the session to issues participants face on a day-to-day basis? How will you effectively and concisely communicate with your participants the benefits and/or lessons learned?
  • Process: What activities or demonstrations will you use in your presentation? What are the practical methodologies, tips, and/or tools attendees will walk away with? Will there be any resources, materials, or learning aids made available? Is there a way to make the presentation interactive?


  • 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 contracts (e.g., 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

If you have any questions on the call for presentation proposals, please contact Rachel Roper at 202-624-3682 or