The Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Pueblo area as required by Title 23 of federal statutes for both long-term and short-term urban transportation planning. Responsibility for carrying out the “continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated” (“3C”) transportation planning process rests jointly with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and PACOG. The PACOG transportation planning activities are carried out by the City of Pueblo’s Urban Transportation Planning Division, which utilizes the resources of the City of Pueblo’s Transportation Department, the Pueblo County Department of Planning, and various external consulting firms. Contracts and agreements for the administration of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) funds are executed by CDOT and PACOG based on the program objectives of the current Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and implemented by the Urban Transportation Planning Division as authorized and directed by the PACOG Board of Directors.
2040 Long Range Transportation Planning
MPO Staff is working diligently on scheduling public meetings and completing the new 2040 LRTP. The 2040 LRTP is expected to be drafted within the next couple of months with a new approach on future goals and projects. As the current generation is evolving, we feel it is important to also take a "time's are changing" approach to provide a solid document with realistic and achievable goals. MPO Staff is currently learning the in's and out's of the Pueblo Transit system by hitting the streets and eliminating extra driving trips by actually riding the bus. The Transit portion of the LRTP has not been updated or refreshed much in the last couple of Plans and having the opportunity to really learn and utilize the system will give us a great opportunity to set some specific and achievable goals. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the 2040 LRTP, please contact any of the staff members, Also, make sure to continue to follow our public meetings page for updates on the latest meeting dates.
Click here to view the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Public Meeting Boards which will be shown and discussed at each public meeting.
PACOG Travel Demand Model
MPO Staff is working hand in hand with HDR, Inc to complete an updated Travel Demand Model for our region. This model will set projections for the future, these current statistics and projections will be used for the Regional Comprehensive Plan and the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. Please review the latest update from HDR, Inc here, this presentation was given to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) at the June 5, 2014 regular monthly meeting. There was a great deal of data collection that took place and HDR, Inc. and consultants are now wrapped up with Phase I of the project and moving into the Phase II work.
Walk and Wheel Grant Administration
The purpose of transportation planning is to identify broad goals to meet the transportation needs of our region. The multimodal strategies for achieving these goals can and should address current and future community land use, economic development, environmental (natural, human, and cultural), traffic demand, public safety, health, and social needs, among other things.
Transportation planning provides a framework for the community to make decisions about its transportation system. The LRTP is a tool for the community and decision-makers that helps identify long and short-term needs that may be large or small in investment. Federal regulations require public involvement as well as a 20-year horizon for the LRTP to assist communities in the transportation decision making process.
There are basic steps used in developing a LRTP these steps include public involvement and environmental impacts, those steps are:
- Establish Policy Goals and Objectives
- Analyze Transportation System Conditions
- Perform Needs Analysis
- Set Priorities
- Establish a Funding Plan
- Develop the Plan
- Develop the Program
- Implement and Monitor the Plan
Currently MPO Staff is working on the 2040 LRTP, public outreach will begin in the next couple of months to implement feedback into the new plan prior to the end of 2014.
The Long Range Plan contains a wide range of maps, most of which are available from the MPO in a variety of formats. Just email or give us a call if you are interested. There is a modest charge for large scale print maps.
2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Chapters (Adopted May 26, 2016):
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) guides the MPO's staff activities throughout the year. All transportation related studies and planning tasks that the MPO is planning on doing for the year is documented in the UPWP, things such as data collection and analysis, public outreach, preparation of long-range and near-term transportation plans, as well as studies and results. The UPWP is updated annually based on annual goals, tasks, and funding.
The [State] Transportation Improvement Program (STIP/TIP) is a federal- and state-mandated program document that includes information regarding local and state highways, and transit projects and services for a period of four years. It is open for amendment submissions monthly; amendments are submitted to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for recommendation to the PACOG Board for either an informative or voting item. In order to be eligible for federal and state funding, projects must be listed in the TIP.
FY 2020-2032 Transportation Improvement Program (STIP / TIP):
FY 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (STIP / TIP):
FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (STIP / TIP):
FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (STIP / TIP):
FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (STIP/TIP):
Federal law requires PACOG to publish, for public review, an annual listing of projects for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year, as a record of project delivery and progress report for public information and disclosure. The FFY 2015 Pueblo FHWA Obligation Report indicates that approximately $29.5 million in federal funds were obligated for 38 transportation projects in the PACOG area between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Previous FFY reports are available below for review.
The primary work of the MPO is structured through the long range transportation planning process, the Unified Planning Work Program, and the Transportation Improvement Program. Click on the links in the menu to the left to access these programs.
Organization and Mandate
The Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) was organized in 1971 and is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Pueblo area as required by Title 23 of federal statutes. Responsibility for carrying out the “continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated” (“3C”) transportation planning process rests jointly with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and PACOG. In practice, PACOG transportation planning activities are carried out by the Urban Transportation Planning Division, which may use the resources of the City of Pueblo Departments of Transportation or Community Development, Pueblo County Departments of Planning and Public Works, and various external consulting firms, as needed. Contracts and agreements for the administration of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) funds are executed by CDOT and PACOG based on the program objectives of the current Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and implemented by the Urban Transportation Planning Division as authorized and directed by the PACOG Board of Directors.
The 3C Planning Process
The "3C" planning process in Pueblo is designed to provide for joint agency participation with centralized program control and direction. Technical activities are coordinated through PACOG’s Urban Transportation Planning Division by delegation agreements and contracts between PACOG and the City of Pueblo. The general objectives of the UPWP are to:
- Assist all participating agencies in achieving applicable comprehensive planning goals and in fulfilling the statutory requirements of the reauthorization of the federal SAFETEA-LU legislation.
- Assist all local agencies in fulfilling their continuing responsibilities to the community, including, but not limited to:
- Reviewing projects receiving Federal funds as provided for in Section 302 of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1964; Title VI of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968; and Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
- Using the products of the transportation planning process as a major contribution to other comprehensive planning activities, and providing the mechanisms for the continued integration of transportation planning with land use and other comprehensive planning.
- Updating and revising basic transportation planning, regional socioeconomic, and transportation system operating data using applicable GIS, or other technologies, for these systems.
- Modifying developed plans and programs as warranted by changes in travel patterns or urban conditions, and translating plans into action programs for project implementation.
- Carry out specific transportation planning functions required for the continued certification of the Pueblo area urban transportation planning process including the biannual development and annual refinement of the UPWP, the biannual development of the TIP, and an update of the Long Range Transportation Plan every three years.
These program implementation objectives will be reached through the successful and timely completion of scheduled FY 2020-2021 work tasks in each of the program areas.
The links below describe policy guidance for the MPO's programs and plans.