Metropolitan Planning Organization
needs in the Brunswick/ Glynn County area. It includes the following modes of transportation automobile,
cargo carriers, mass transit, air, bicycle, and pedestrian. The planning process includes an analysis of
alternatives to meet projected future demands, and for providing a safe and efficient transportation
system that meets mobility while not creating adverse impacts to the environment. In metropolitan
areas over 50,000 population, such as Brunswick/ Glynn County, the responsibility for transportation
planning lies with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Brunswick Area Transportation Study (BATS).
Glynn County participates with the City of Brunswick and a number of other entities (Jekyll Island Authority,
Glynn County Airport Commission, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT),
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), etc.) in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
BATS’ planning provides the information, tools, and public input needed for improving transportation system
performance. BATS’ planning reflects the community's vision for the future. Statewide and metropolitan
transportation planning processes are governed by Federal law (23 USC 134 and 135). Transportation planning
entities are required for any urban area that receives funding directly or indirectly from the FTA and FHWA programs.
Since the 1962 Federal-aid Highway Act, federal authorizing legislation for expenditure of surface transportation
funds has required metropolitan area transportation plans and programs to be developed through a continuing,
cooperative, and comprehensive planning process. Over successive authorization cycles leading to the
passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in July 1998, Congress has added
and revised the substantive content expected from the planning processes. In 2005, the “Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users” (SAFETEA-LU) was passed to supply
the funding and framework needed to maintain and grow our transportation infrastructure.
- Every five years, the MPO updates the Metropolitan Transportation Plan(MTP).
- Every year, the MPO works with the Georgia Department of Transportation to update a multi-year
Transportation Improvement Program(TIP), which schedules transportation project phases,
including design, land acquisition, and construction.
- The MPO is currently discussing establishment of public transit service in Brunswick and Glynn County.
A study of the intersection of Canal Road and Golden Isles Parkway (Spur 25) is currently underway.Also a study of road improvement needs along SR 99 between US 17 and US 341 is currently underway.
The scheduling of transportation planning projects and activities is detailed in the Unified Planning Work Program
(UPWP), which is revised each year
The opinions, findings, and conclusions in the following publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Department of Transportation, State of Georgia, or the Federal Highway Administration.
Prepared in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
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