Policies & Procedures

If you are trying to find out how the MPO works, its annual budget, or past certification reviews, you can find them (and more!) here.

Public Involvement Plan

The MPO's Public Involvement Plan (PIP) indicates opportunities for all segments of the public to be involved in the metropolitan transportation planning process. Groups include the general public, representatives of transportation services, community representatives, and many others.

Below is the current PIP, approved April 21, 2021.

Leadership Committee Meeting Procedures + Emergency Meeting Policy

These procedures address in-person meeting policies and procedures, including best practices for COVID spread-prevention. They also include procedures for electronic meetings, as enabled by IC 5-14 (as modified by HEA 1437) which may be invoked in the event of a natural disaster, weather, health, or other emergency.


The Indianapolis MPO's bylaws codify the structure, jurisdiction, roles, duties, and membership in the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council.

Complete Streets Policy

The MPO's Complete Streets Policy was adopted in 2014 and amended in October 2016. Building complete streets provides many benefits to residents, business owners, developers, and the community as a whole. First and foremost, embracing the complete streets concept will help create balanced transportation systems by providing accessible, safe, and efficient connections between destinations. It will bolster economic growth and stability while increasing property values. It will enhance job growth, improve safety, improve public health and fitness, reduce harmful emissions, and reduce the overall demand on our roadways by allowing people to replace motor vehicle trips with active transportation options. Secondly, integrating sidewalks, bike facilities, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of a project spares the expense and complications of retrofits implemented at a later date. Thirdly, proactively planning for a multimodal transportation system can promote its integration with land use policies to encourage sustainable development.

Certification Review

FHWA and FTA are required to jointly review and evaluate the transportation planning process for each urbanized area over 200,000 in population at least every four years to determine if the process meets the Federal planning requirements.

Title VI Procedures

The purpose of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is to prohibit programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against participants or clients on the basis of race, color or national origin. The MPO's Title VI Complaint Procedures were developed as a guideline to be followed should a Title VI complaint be filed with the MPO. Contact Jen Higginbotham for more information.

ADA Transition Plans

ADA compliance is a key component of compliance with all federal regulations, including transportation from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Check out the LPA Resources page for ADA guides and internet resources.

Air Quality & Conformity

The Indianapolis MPA lies within or partly within areas previously classified as non-attainment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but is currently designated as in attainment for both the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone (2008 8-hour standard) and for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5). The MPO currently monitors air quality for Ozone pollutants and reports on transportation conformity for our region.

In accordance with the 23 CFR part 450 and 40 CFR 51.390, an Interagency Consultation Group (ICG) been formed to oversee transportation conformity analysis, and public consultation is included in the review of the projects and transportation conformity analysis results. The ICG includes representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Madison County Council of Governments, the Columbus Area MPO, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW), the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and others.

The following documents act as guidelines for the ICG.

Procurement Policy

This procurement document applies to all purchases and/or procurements by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization without regard to the source of funds, including local funds, State, and Federal assistance funding, except as provided by law. All procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner providing full and open competition consistent with the standards outlined in United States Code and Indiana Code.