Walking and Bicycling
The MPO actively encourages, supports and funds bicycle and pedestrian planning and implementation. GRPC continues to partner with local governments and advocacy groups to promote biking and walking within the MPO region.
Bicycle – Pedestrian -Transit
The primary focus of this group is to provide for “independent” projects which provide bicycle, pedestrian and transit access and safety improvements within the right-of-way or easements along functionally classified roadways. These “independent” projects will usually be stand-alone in nature, not associated with other federally funded roadway improvements such as reconstruction or widening. The Mississippi Gulf Coast MPO will set aside $500,000 or 10% (whichever is less) of its annual allocation of STBG funds for projects to improve bicycle, pedestrian and transit accessibility and mobility in the region.
Transportation Alternative Program
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) authorizes distribution of approximately $300,000.00 annually in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds to Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as provided by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) Transportation bill. The MPO’s initial funding efforts supplemented four Safe Routes To School projects that were funded by MDOT and supported one TIP project.
Complete Streets Program
Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC) continues to support and promote complete streets policies. GRPC encourages policy development by local governments while understanding a successful policy is dependent on the jurisdiction’s capability to commit resources (staff and funding) for a successful implementation. Local jurisdictions are beginning to recognize the value of routinely accommodating all users during the planning phases of transportation improvement projects.