2019 AMPO Planning Tools & Training Symposium


In 2017 AMPO launched the first ever Planning Tools and Training Symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to assist in meeting the diverse set of needs of our membership. While there are several conferences and training opportunities available to the transportation planning community, the needs and requirements of MPOs are unique. The AMPO Planning Tools and Training Symposium is tailored to the requirements of MPOs as well as the challenges associated with meeting such requirements and structured to meet the needs of small, medium, and large MPOs. The symposium brings together MPO staff and practitioners to share information on a variety of MPO technical issues and provided peer-to-peer training for the MPO community to discuss challenges, opportunities, and implementation strategies with regard to current planning tools and applications. The goal of the symposium is to identify (or share) MPO best practices; provide practical training; and develop materials that can be shared across the MPO community.

The symposium takes place over the course of two and a half days and consists of multiple roundtable workshops. The workshops are divided into two tracks: Core Functions and Hot Topics. The Core Functions track is developed with junior staff in mind and seeks to provide practical training by topic area (i.e. MPO process and products, public involvement/environmental justice/Title XI, performance management, etc.). The Hot Topics track is developed with senior-level staff in mind and provides peer-to-peer exchange and training opportunities to discuss the state of the practice, innovation, and identify efficiencies.

We are excited for this year’s program and hope to see you in Minneapolis!

Early Registration EXTENDED!

Early MPO Registration: $375
Early State DOT/Transit Registration: $425
Regular MPO Registration: $400
Regular State DOT/Transit Registration: $450


**Early bird pricing ends April 5, 2019**

Event location:
Embassy Suites Minneapolis Downtown.
12 Sixth Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

AMPO has secured a group rate of $159 per night at the hotel for conference attendees. The room rate is available until Friday, April 12th or until our block of rooms has been filled, whichever comes first.

There are a limited number of rooms so please reserve early.

Click here to reserve at the group rate through the customized website. When calling in your reservations please make sure to mention you are with AMPO to receive the group rate.


Call for presentation proposals open until March 4, 2019. The intent of the symposium is to focus on MPOs and their government partners (e.g., State Departments of Transportation, transit providers, and the United States Department of Transportation) and therefore attendance to the symposium and proposal submissions will be limited to those agencies. Through a call for topics, guidance from our Technical Committee, and feedback from the 2017 AMPO Planning Tools and Training Symposium, the following topics were identified for the 2019 AMPO Planning Tools and Training Symposium. MPOs and their government partners please click here to submit a presentation proposal on one of these topics. If you have questions on the call for presentation proposals, please contact Rachel Roper at or 202-624-3682.

Proposed symposium session/workshop topics

Complete Streets/ADA requirements

  • ADA requirements and budget realities
  • Latest pilot projects’ successes and failures
  • Before and after Complete Streets case studies and data metrics
  • Changes in Complete Streets to include bicycle stress analysis
  • All modes / trade‐offs / funding / partnerships
  • Working collaboratively/breaking down silos to achieve complete streets and accessibility
  • Best practices and use in MPOs


  • Planning for truck parking
  • How to access and use data sets considered proprietary
  • Metro freight plans
  • Innovations in urban logistics

Future of Transportation Mobility/Technology

  • Scenario planning around technological uncertainty
  • Impacts of new technology
  • GIS applications
  • Impact on congestion for current infrastructure
  • Discussions on best practices and case studies depicting the impact of disruptive technologies on transportation and land use planning
  • Linking land use with transportation
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • General overview and with real world examples particularity for varied sized cities not just large cities
  • Different ways that models are considering disruptive technology
  • Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
  • How it will affect our planning and how to engage policy makers in preparing for the changes it will bring
  • How to plan for a rapidly changing world
  • TNCs
  • How will technology impact the mobility provided by our current infrastructure/systems


  • Software
    o Implementation
    o Best practices
  • GIS analysis
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Data partnerships
  • New technologies, services, and application development

Land Use – Transportation Connection

  • How other MPOs are incorporating land use with TDM and iterating between the two
  • Interesting projects and project types
  • How MPOs can influence land use planning without planning and zoning powers
  • Better coordination between the two, land use planning for multimodal choice
  • Mixed use developments / incentives / return on investment

MPO Operations and Products/Planning Requirements

  • Survey of best practices done by a peer review of MPO operations and products, input should be from FHWA, state DOTs and peers at least 3 MPO sizes should be highlighted, under 100K, 200k‐1M 1M+
  • C‐Corps to provide services
  • What is out there?
  • What interesting or unique things are other MPOs doing that may be relevant
  • Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program

MPO Roles and Relevancy

  • Niche that only MPOs fill
  • Beyond the requirements, how are MPOs making a difference in their communities
  • Ensuring we maximize our roles as regional transportation planners and local government representatives
  • MPO roles in state and federal transportation planning programs
  • How to make the MPO and its work more visible to the community
  • What is the relevancy of an MPO without enforcement powers?
  • The MPO as a self‐governing entity vs being hosted
  • Specific focus on what small MPOs are doing

Performance Measures/Performance Based Planning and Programming/FAST Act and MAP‐21 Implementation

  • How to get public involvement in getting to zero deaths
  • Coordination between State and MPO performance
  • Examples of implementation, any possible refinements/clarifications to the process
  • Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
  • Dates and documents
  • Basics of performance-based planning and programming and how to improve
  • Information of the how MPO’s are planning to report progress in upcoming Metropolitan Transportation Plans
  • How to better implement the requirements of the FAST Act for performance measures and targets
  • PM1, PM2, and PM3
  • How to improve performance measures
  • How to get public involvement in getting to zero deaths
  • Federal requirements, integration and implementation in the planning process
  • FAST/Map‐21 ‐ How are MPOs changing their Metropolitan Transportation Plan/TIP process to incorporate transportation performance management?

Public Involvement, Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Equity in Practice

  • Engaging community members in a robust, holistic, long range planning process
  • How do you get effective public involvement into the TIP
  • General Public Outreach methods in a new era
  • Innovative public engagement that goes beyond engaging the usual suspects
  • Best practices, emerging outreach techniques
  • Outreach, how to consider Environmental Justice and Title VI in long-range plans

Scenario Planning

  • A step‐by‐step how to for scenario planning especially doing it on the cheap for small (under 100K) MPOs related to future mobility
  • Effects of transportation options on all possible economic conditions
  • Developing realistic CAV impact scenarios
  • How to involve agency stakeholders & general public in scenario planning
  • How are MPOs addressing connected and automated vehicles and V2I technology in Metropolitan Transportation Plans
  • Scenario planning around technological uncertainty
  • Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
  • Processes
  • For long range plans: tools, costs, and how data is used
  • Non‐development‐based scenario planning (technology, climate change, etc.)
  • Scenario Planning ‐ How are MPOs using it in their LRTP/TIP processes?

Transit and MPO collaboration

Transportation and Health

  • Health in all policies implementation activities, barriers, outcomes
  • Health impact assessment of MTPs/LRTPs, health benefits of active transportation
  • The role of cultural/social norms in programs to increase the safety of our roads