Improving Our Regional Plan

We're comprehensively updating our 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This new version will be the region's vision for the transportation network in 2045. Working through a framework of goals and objectives, the 2045 LRTP seeks to create the transportation vision of Central Indiana residents and workers. Planning involves examining current conditions, future conditions, establishing measures to evaluate the plan's progress, and several different scenarios of our future in 2045.

Project Milestones

  • Fall 2015 Develop Baseline
  • Spring 2016 Develop Goals and Objectives
  • Fall 2016 Develop Performance Measures
  • Winter 2016 Examine Trends
  • Summer 2017 Prioritize Capital Projects
  • Summer/Fall 2017 Produce Draft Plan (In Progress)
  • Winter 2017 Plan Adoption by the IRTC

Public Input

The 2045 LRTP update includes various forms of public input. The three main forms of input include:

  • Public feedback - asking the residents of our region for their opinions at key points during the plan development process
  • Stakeholders - several smaller groups of people throughout the region who represent the various interests of the public, and can speak for them, in fields such as health, equity, safety, job growth, and others.
  • Steering committee - a group of regional representatives that meet regularly throughout the process to ensure that project planners are on the right track. The steering committee for the 2045 LRTP update includes representatives of the various cities, towns, and counties within Central Indiana, in addition to representatives from transit providers, the department of transportation, and Federal Highway Administration.
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Fall LRTP Community Meetings

Join us for a series of community meetings from September 11-28, 2017. All are invited, especially those interested in the planning process, recommended projects, or other regional transportation issues. See you there!

  • Sept. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville
  • Sept. 12, Noon-1 p.m., Julia M. Carson Transit Center – 2nd floor meeting room, 201 E. Washington St., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Pike Branch Library, 6525 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Rd., Greenfield
  • Sept. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mooresville Public Library, 220 W. Harrison St., Mooresville
  • Sept. 16, 3-4 p.m., Franklin Branch Library, 5550 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Avon Town Hall, 6570 E. US Highway 36, Avon
  • Sept. 19, Noon-1 p.m., Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lawrence Branch Library, 7898 Hague Rd., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Noblesville City Hall – 2nd floor meeting room, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville
  • Sept. 25, Noon-1 p.m., Decatur Branch Library, 5301 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis
  • Sept. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Washington Township Trustee Office, 1549 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel
  • Sept. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Johnson County Public Library – Franklin Branch, 401 State St., Franklin
  • Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Johnson County Public Library – White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood
  • Sept. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., CAFE – Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, 8902 E. 38th St., Indianapolis

If you can't make a meeting, check out the recorded presentation (2045 LRTP Fall Meetings - Presentation: Moving Us Forward) and meeting materials in the links below.

Fall LRTP Meeting Schedule
Fall LRTP Meeting News Release
Meeting Handouts
Public Meeting Maps
Provide Comments & Feedback
2045 LRTP Fall Meetings - Presentation: Moving Us Forward

Baseline & Forecasts

All good planning processes begin with evaluating where we are and how we got here. Once we understand the current conditions in our region, we can move on to finding out what people want from their transportation system.

Baseline Downloads

Technical Memorandum: Demographics
Technical Memorandum: Commuting
Technical Memorandum: Environmental Justice
Technical Memorandum: Regional Transportation System

Goals & Objectives

Goals and objectives are a vital part of the 2045 LRTP update. Using input from the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council (IRTC), the LRTP steering committee, and the general public, the following goals and objectives were formed.

The goals we set reflect how we would like our ideal regional transportation system to function. Objectives are more specific directives for how to achieve those goals.

Goals & Ojectives

Performance Measures

How well does our transportation system work to meet our goals and objectives? Performance measures help planners communicate the answer to this question and provide the public with transparency about how the transportation network is performing.

Primer on Performance Measures
Indianapolis MPO Performance Measures

Prioritize Capital Projects

Towns, cities, and counties throughout Central Indiana evaluate needs and prepare project plans to accommodate future growth. Major capital projects (adding lanes to a roadway, a premium transit service) must be included in the 2045 LRTP.

The 2045 LRTP planning process included a call for those projects and then prioritized them using the 2045 LRTP goals, objectives, and performance measures.

Project Screening Process Memo
Existing and Committed Projects Memo
Draft Project List
Draft Project List Maps

Draft Plan

After nearly 18 months of work, including public input and technical analysis, the draft 2045 LRTP is available for public review and comment! Beginning October 10, the plan is available for anyone to review and provide input to the Indianapolis MPO. The plan will be available for comment until November 9. After incorporating and responding to public comment, there will be a public hearing on the plan at the December 13, 2017 IRTC meeting, where the plan will be up for approval.

Due to the size of the document, the appendices are not included in the online comment tool. The appendices can be found online and comments on the appendices can be submitted to Stephanie Belch via phone or email.

Comment Now! Link to Draft LRTP
Draft 2045 Appendices (A-Q)
Draft 2045 Appendix R: Red Flag Investigation
Locations to Review Hard-Copy Draft 2045 LRTP
Draft 2045 LRTP Comment Period Press Release