Updates to Our Regional Plan
From time to time, projects or assumptions made in a plan will change. As part of the federal process, an expansion project must be in the regional transportation plan, or LRTP. When projects arise that are not in the plan, the plan must be amended. Here you will find the amendments to the 2035 LRTP.
This amendment to the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will include just 2 projects. One is a project currently in the 3rd Time/Funding Period being moved to the 2nd period to reflect STP funding received earlier this year. The other project is an INDOT interchange modernization, pavement preservation, and bridge deck replacement project in downtown Indianapolis.
This amendment includes 6 projects, 4 of which are INDOT projects. The two local projects are SR37 (adding) and Westfield Blvd (adding).
This amendment to the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will include the first bus rapid transit line to be implemented in the metropolitan area. The second project being amended is a pedestrian improvement project on Monument Circle.
The central Indiana region has invested five years of planning on the Indy Connect transit plan, carefully gathering input, analyzing modes, and refining routes. The recommendation of those accumulated studies is the implementation of the Red Line, a premium transit service. The route will connect the communities of Carmel, Westfield, Indianapolis, and Greenwood. IndyGo will submit a Small Starts grant application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assist in construction of the Red Line. IndyGo is seeking the LRTP amendment because the Red Line must be in adopted into the LRTP to qualify for federal funding.
This amendment also includes a project to improve pedestrian access within Monument Circle. Typically, the LRTP only includes regionally significant projects. However, due to the high cost of the project, the Federal Highway Administration has asked the Indianapolis MPO to add the Monument Circle project to the Illustrative List to indicate Policy support. The project has received federal funding for design ($444,600 in FY13) and is programmed for preliminary engineering ($500,000 in FY16). The cost to complete this project is $56.6 million.
In late summer of 2014, at the request of the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) began the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan amendment process to amend a new interstate interchange on I-69 @ 106th Street in Hamilton County. This project is being funded by INDOT and the City of Fishers. In addition, INDOT asked the MPO to remove one of the Major Moves 2020 projects (added travel lanes on I-70 from SR 39 to SR 267 in Hendricks County) since it’s not moving forward. This project will move to the Illustrative Projects List.
The Central Indiana Interagency Consultation Group was convened on September 8, 2014, to discuss INDOT’s requests. The minutes of this meeting are in Appendix A.
Because the unique funding arrangement for the new interchange was not finalized, the amendment was put on hold. In the meantime, the City of Westfield asked the MPO to amend the LRTP to include a new road as part of the new US 31 freeway project. This project is being funded with Group IV STP (not MPO funding), is less than a mile in length, and will be functionally classified as a local road.
Finally, because we had approached the end of the analysis years for the first LRTP time period (2011- 2015), we found several projects that had not been completed and needed to be moved to the 2nd time period.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization is updating its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to amend several INDOT interstate widening projects being funded through the 2020 Trust Fund as approved by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013. Many of these interstate widening projects are not new to the LRTP as they have been in both the MPO’s and INDOT’s long range plan in the recent past.
Another action being taken with this update is the reaffirmation of the goals and objectives as developed and approved in the 2010/2011 LRTP Major Update.
This is the first amendment to the Indianapolis 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) adopted in early 2011 (USDOT approval on April 11, 2011). This amendment incorporates the following:
- New Motor Vehicle Fleet Mix data;
- New air quality modeling software (MOVES);
- Updated Planning Assumptions;
- Changes in projects schedules.
It is important to note that no new local projects are being added to the cost-constrained list of projects approved last year; and, any movement of projects between Time/Funding Periods will not affect the remaining projects in the cost-constrained LRTP.