Traffic Counts

WARC publishes traffic count brochures for every county in the region. The traffic counts are provided by the Alabama Department of Transportation. WARC produces the maps and compiles the spreadsheets. The brochures are usually updated annually.  Other county traffic counts are available in the West Alabama RPO Documents section.

Tuscaloosa Area MPO Documents

The Federal Highway Administration requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations to publish a list of projects that were authorized in the previous fiscal year and involved federal highway or transit funds. A project is considered authorized when a funding contract has been completed. The authorized project list includes those projects from Tuscaloosa County funded in fiscal year 2017, which ran from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan serves as a guide for improving bicycle and pedestrian activity in Tuscaloosa County. The plan includes construction, education, promotion, and policy projects intended to integrate bicycle and pedestrian travel into the existing transportation environment.

The plan was initiated by the MPO in order to facilitate the development of their transportation plans and programs. However, due to the fact that many of the proposed projects fall outside of the authority of the MPO, the MPO intended other agencies and governments to use the plan. The current plan was adopted in 2012.

The maps show the existing bicycle facilities (lanes, paths, and signed roads) and sidewalks in Tuscaloosa County. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC) will review and, if necessary, update the maps at the October 17, 2016 BPC meeting (10:00 a.m. at the WARC office). Anyone can submit comments or corrections at the meeting or by contacting WARC (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For greater detail and to see road names use the zoom function.

The purpose of a long-range transportation plan is to budget transportation funds over a 20-year plus time period so that future transportation demand can be met. The Tuscaloosa Area MPO is required to update the long-range transportation plan every five years. The MPO is required to balance proposed projects against expected revenue. The focus of the MPO's plan is on federally funded highway and transit projects. However all modes of transportation are considered, regardless of funding source.

Interactive Map of Projects

The appendices contain background and technical information that shaped the long-range transportation plan.

The MPO committees will review and potentially adopt these projections at their December 2017 meetings. The data will be used to develop the traffic model for the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan. The document contains a spreadsheet and maps displaying the forecast growth.

An interactive map is also provided with the same forecasts.

Interactive Map

Interactive map key:

TAZ = Traffic Analysis Zone
OUH15 = 2015 Occupied Housing Units
OHU1545 = Occupied Housing Unit Growth between 2015-2045
OHU45 = 2045 Occupied Housing Units
INCOME15 = 2015 Median Household Income
INCOME45 = 2045 Median Household Income
RE15 = 2015 Retail Employment
GRE1545 = Retail Employment Growth between 2015-2045
RE45 = 2045 Retail Employment
NR15 = 2015 Non-Retail Employment
GNR1545 = Non-Retail Employment Growth between 2015-2045
NR45 = 2045 Non-Retail Employment
TE15 = 2015 Total Employment
GTE1545 = Total Employment Growth between 2015-2045
TE45 = 2045 Total Employment
SCH15 = 2015 School Enrollment
SCH1545 = School Enrollment Growth between 2015-2045
SCH45 = 2045 School Enrollment

The MPO Bylaws outline how the transportation planning process works by listing the responsibilities of the committees and the process coordinator, establishing the limitations of each committee, detailing the membership of each committee, and by outlining the organization and meeting structure.

The Planning Agency Consultation Process for the Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization documents how the MPO consults with other government agencies. The document is intended to prevent conflicts and promote coordination between the plans, programs, and processes developed by the MPO and other agencies.
The Prospectus is a brief summary of the Tuscaloosa Area transportation planning process. The document attempts to provide a basic understanding of the process. The Prospectus is intended to serve as an educational and reference tool for government officials and interested individuals.

This document describes the public participation goals and strategies of the MPO. The document also outlines performance measures that the MPO uses to grade its public involvement efforts.

The PIP includes the MPO's Title VI Program and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan.

The Record of Public Involvement documents the public involvement activities of the Tuscaloosa Area MPO for a given fiscal year. The document includes news releases, legal ads, newspaper articles, the minutes of the MPO Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, and other items related to public participation.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-range plan composed of a prioritized list of transportation projects. The TIP covers a four-year period. Generally projects on the TIP are taken from the current long-range transportation plan. The TIP is redeveloped every four years and is financially constrained.

Interactive Map of Projects

This document delineates the policy and procedures that guide the transportation planning process in the Tuscaloosa Area on matters concerning private enterprise involvement in mass transportation.

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) represents the budget and work tasks necessary to accomplish and maintain the transportation planning process within the Tuscaloosa study area. The UPWP is developed to coordinate transportation and related planning activities for a cooperative, continuing, and comprehensive planning process.

The primary objective of the UPWP is the development of an integrated planning program which considers the planning activities of each modal group and coordinates these activities to produce a total transportation plan serving all segments of the population. The MPO updates the UPWP annually.

The purpose of this plan is (1) to determine transit gaps and coordination opportunities among publicly funded, human services transportation programs in west Alabama and (2) to develop strategies to address the identified gaps and coordination issues. This plan did not evaluate transit service provided by the different agencies. Instead it examined transit deficiencies and coordination issues for each county and the entire region.