Transportation Planning

Maintaining and improving the region's roadways requires coordination among multiple entities, including local governments, LaDOTD, FHWA, FTA, and public transit agencies. NLCOG works with each of these to maintain communication across jurisdictional boundaries and to ensure that the goals and standards of the Metropolitan Planning Area, as well as each agency, are met.

Given the large proportion of travel that takes place on roads and highways, it is inevitable that there will be competing priorities among the traveling public and the various stakeholders. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), it is NLCOG's responsibility to identify the widespread transportation needs and balance them to the extent possible.

NLCOG's function as an MPO is to work with local governments, the state department of transportation, and local transit providers to determine transportation needs and funding priorities for federal transportation investments. NLCOG also provides general planning, mapping, and technical assistance to local governments.

Regional Mega Projects

Key Activities

NLCOG engages in several activities and programs to address the region's diverse travel priorities through planning, including:

Performance Based Planning and Programming which uses standardized performance measures to encourage data-driven decision making;
Public Transportation planning that ensures roads and highways accommodate efficient public transit systems;
A Congestion Management Process that monitors congestion and identifies strategies for its reduction; and
The Coordinated Human Services Transportation Program that seeks to improve transportation services for persons with lower incomes, older adults, and individuals with disabilities; and
A Safety Coalition formed to implement and sustain Louisiana's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

MPO Transportation Policy Committee

The governing body of the Shreveport/Bossier City MPO.

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Technical Coordinating Committee

Provides planning and engineering guidance to the MPO's Policy Committee.

TCC Membership

Transportation Plan Library

More on Key Plans and Programs

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

The MTP reflects the goals and objectives, the resources, the fundamental planning process, and the project implementation schedule for the region over the next 30 years. In metropolitan areas, the transportation plan is the statement of the ways the region plans to invest in the transportation system. Per federal regulations, the plan shall "include both long range and short-range program strategies and actions that lead to the development of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods."

MTP Amendments and Modifications

ALL MTP 2045 Improvement Projects (By Program Year) / (ArcGIS Online Map Application)


Amendments To the MTP 2045: Current Public Comment Notification(s)

NLCOG PM2/PM3 4-Year Targets: 04.30.23 - 05.12.23 (CLOSED)

Current NLCOG Infrastructure Condition (PM2 - Pavement and Bridge) Ratings / (ArcGIS Online Map Application)

Current PM2 Map

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (FFY 2023 - FFY 2026)

Every four years, NLCOG (MPO) is required to perform a comprehensive update of the TIP document. In consultation with the MPO's Technical Committee (TCC), LADOTD, and ultimately the MPO's Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), with input from the public, the TIP is amended or modified to account for funding availability and changing funding sources or project scopes as needed. NLCOG's TPC adopted the Final Draft of the TIP (2023-2026) at its called meeting September 30th, 2022. However, the FHWA-La Div. Office requires clarification regarding some sections of the document's narrative. To address these concerns, NLCOG Staff prepared a revised TIP document (i.e., Revision 1) and has submitted this revision to FHWA La-Div. November 10th, 2022 (Rev. 1.0 is available below).

TIP Document - Revision 1.0
Entire TIP - Revision 1.0 Document (5.9Mb pdf)

Transit Program Summary
Highway Program Summary
Caddo Parish / Shreveport Project Summary
Bossier Parish / Bossier City Project Summary
Desoto Parish Project Summary
Webster Parish Project Summary

TIP Modifications
Modification:01312023-01 / Jimmie Davis Br.
Modification:10252022-01 / Cross Bayou Br.
Modification:10252022-02 / Market St. Br. @ ICG

TIP Amendments

Public Comment Period Open

None at this time.

Status State
Project ID
Project Name/
Purpose of TIP Request Documentation
06.23.2023 NLCOG Adopted / Submit to LADOTD H.015632 NLCOG ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN Plan./Environment New 4 Parish Active Transportation Plan and change fund source. 06232023-01

MPO Policy Certification
04.21.2023 NLCOG Adopted / Submit to LADOTD H.001779 LADOTD: JIMMIE DAVIS BRIDGE (LA 511) (HBI) Construction Increase Construction Phase funding. 04212023-01
Public Comment Information Graphic
MPO Policy Certification
01.20.2023 NLCOG Adopted / Submit to LADOTD H.012227 LADOTD: LA 5 - THOMAS ROAD TO LA 172 Construction Add Construction Phase funding. 01202023-01
Public Comment Information Graphic
MPO Policy Certification
04.22.2022 Adopted/STIP 5339-02 SPORTRAN: Rural Sect. 5339 Grant Assist. Award Transit Bus shelter improvements across the Service Area (SA) 04222022-04
TIP Transit Program agenda items
MPO Policy Certification
04.22.2022 Adopted/STIP H.000413 LADOTD: CROSS BAYOU BRIDGE REPLACEMENT Feasibility / Eng. Add feasibility study and engineering phase costs 04222022-03
TIP highway program agenda items
MPO Policy Certification
04.22.2022 Adopted/STIP 5339-01 SPORTRAN: Rural Sect. 5339 Grant Assist. Award Transit Procurement: back-up CNG-fueled generator; replacement of safety sensitive equipment 04222022-02
TIP Transit Program agenda items
MPO Policy Certification
04.22.2022 Adopted/STIP H.001779 LADOTD: JIMMIE DAVIS BRIDGE (LA 511) (HBI) Const. Add Construction Phase funding to the project 04222022-01
TIP highway program agenda items
MPO Policy Certification
01.21.2022 Adopted/STIP H.000413 LADOTD: Cross Bayou Bridge Replacement Const. Move Construction Phase to FFY 2025 (outside current TIP cycle) 01212022-01
Public Comment: 03.01.2022 - 03.30.2022
MPO Policy Certification
01.21.2022 Adopted/STIP H.013759 LADOTD: LA 3276: US 171 - I-49 Const. Add Const. Phase in FFY 2022 01212022-02
Public Comment: 03.01.2022 - 03.30.2022
MPO Policy Certification
11.19.2021 Adopted/STIP H.010468 LADOTD: I-20 - MONKHOUSE TO I-49 Eng. Add Engineering Phase Costs 11192021-01
Public Comment: 12.03.2021 - 01.01.2022
11.19.2021 Adopted/STIP H.010206 LADOTD: LA 3132 at LA 523 Extend Control of Access Const. Move Const. Phase from FFY2022 to FFY2023 11192021-02
Public Comment: 12.03.2021 - 01.01.2022

Archived Amendments and Modifications
2021 Archive
2020 Archive
2019 Archive

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Describing the federally funded planning activities that NLCOG will conduct and products that will be created in the current fiscal year, the UPWP covers the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) of Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, and Webster parishes.

Annual List of Obligated Projects (ALOP)

Federal mandates require NLCOG to publish an annual report of all federally funded obligated projects, known as the ALOP. The annual list provides a record of project delivery for the previous federal fiscal year to increase recognition of government expenditures on transportation projects to the public. Obligations of federal funds means that a project has received federal commitment for reimbursement and does not necessarily mean that the project was initiated or completed in that year or indicate the total cost of that project.

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a management system and process conducted by MPOs to improve traffic operations and safety utilizing strategies that reduce travel demand or the implementation of operational improvements. The public benefits from having a functional CMP in place because it can improve travel conditions through the development of low-cost improvements or strategies.

Coordinated Human Services Transportation Program (CHSTP)

The mission of the CHSTP is to work collaboratively to improve transportation services for persons with lower incomes, older adults, and individuals with disabilities by identifying needs, understanding resources, maximizing mobility, and minimizing costs for the entire community. The CHSTP plan serves as a unified, comprehensive strategy for public transportation service delivery that identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with limited incomes. It lays out strategies for meeting those needs and prioritizes ways to meet them.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

ITS encompass a broad range of wireless and wire line communications-based information and electronics technologies. ITS benefits the public with real-time, multimodal information that will lead to more efficient and eco-friendly choices regarding travel routes and modal choices. For instance, informed travelers may decide to avoid congestion by taking alternate modes such as walking, biking, or public transit; by rescheduling their trip; or by taking alternate routes. Transportation agencies benefit by being able to see and respond dynamically to conditions on the transportation network as they evolve and expand across all the modes.

Northwest Louisiana Transportation Safety Coalition (NWLTSC)

Allowing for local flexibility, LaDOTD developed an innovative approach to implement the State Highway Strategic Safety Plan (SHSP) with the creation of nine regional safety coalitions all working toward the common vision of Destination Zero Deaths.