MATS Plans

What Does the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) Do?

Federal regulations call for a local organization, known as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to work with local, state and national agencies and related departments of transportation(s). The MPO is charged with implementing projects and strategies that will:

  • Support the economic vitality of the United States, the States, non-metropolitan areas and metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;
  • Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  • Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  • Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight;
  • Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns;
  • Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes throughout the State for people and freight;
  • Promote efficient system management and operation; and
  • Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system

As part of this process, MATS staff (with input from Georgia DOT, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Macon Transit
Authority, and U.S. Federal Transit Administration
) develops the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).  The diagram below provides a visual overview of the relationship between these documents.

The UPWP, TIP and LRTP are all public documents, available to the public on this website, at the public library, the Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Transportation local office.

The main difference between the TIP and the LRTP is the Long Range Transportation Plan lists all projects, Transportation Improvement Program’s projects are active and at various stages of execution (i.e., Preliminary Engineering, Right Of Way acquisition, or Under Construction).  The federally required update period for the TIP is every 4 years, although States and MPOs can have policies to update more frequently if they see fit. Any project that is listed in the TIP receiving federal funding, must already be listed in the LRTP.  If a brand new project is to be added to the TIP, it must simultaneously be added to the LRTP.

The UPWP, TIP and LRTP are all public documents, available to the public on this website, at the public library, the Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Transportation local office.