Technical Studies

Studies provide us with in-depth research into timely issues that help us with our planning and programming.

Asset Management

The Indianapolis MPO Asset Management Report is a requirement of Indiana Code 36-7.7-11. An Asset Management Plan (AMP) is a document(s) developed to assist in the long-term management of the assets necessary to support cost effective, proactive decisions including creation, acquisition, operation & maintenance (O&M), and replacement/upgrade of assets. Physical components deteriorate over time, resulting in increased O&M costs or capital reinvestment to maintain the level of service expected.

These documents are intended to ensure long-term sustainability of transportation utilities and are considered “living documents” that are regularly referenced, revised, expanded, and implemented as an integral part of the operation and management of a transportation system. They provide a structured framework of the asset information to help determine when it is most appropriate to repair, replace, or rehabilitate a particular asset, as well as scheduling a long-term funding strategy to ensure sufficient funds will be available to implement improvements as needed.

Below are links to the report, as well as links to the accompanying appendices containing the original Pavement and Bridge Asset Management Plans submitted by the Local Planning Agencies. The files are grouped by county with labeled appendices separating the different sections.

It should be noted that the data presented in this report could be as much as 2 years old and does not necessarily represent current pavement conditions.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Dunn, Senior Data Planner at (317) 327-5495

Household Travel Survey

It's always good to know how people move around on the roadway network. Gathering this information is hard work and is done through a process called the household travel survey. We recruit individuals to tell us about their driving habits over a period of time and we use this information to inform our planning processes and travel demand model.

On Board Transit Survey

The Indianapolis MPO and IndyGo conduct an on-board transit survey every few years. The purpose of this study is to examine travel behaviour and demographic characteristics of existing IndyGo riders. Essentially we're trying to understand who rides IndyGo and where they go when they ride it. This helps transportation planners understand what people are using the system and how they are using it.

Safety Study: Top 50 Most Dangerous Intersections

This study identifies the top fifty (50) high-crash locations within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). For each location, the team reviewed crash data and existing conditions, created a collision diagram, conducted a field check, met with local engineering and police representatives, and identified specific improvements to remedy existing safety issues. Recommended improvements range from lower-cost maintenance items, such as signage and pavement markings, to higher-cost capital improvements, such as intersection reconstruction or added travel lanes.

2019 Safety Study: Road Safety Audit of High Crash Intersections

This study identifies 24 high-crash locations within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). This includes 5 high priority Pedestrian and Bicycle locations. For each location, the team reviewed crash data and existing conditions, created a collision diagram, conducted a field check, met with local engineering and police representatives, and identified specific improvements to remedy existing safety issues. Recommended improvements range from lower-cost maintenance items, such as signage and pavement markings, to higher-cost capital improvements, such as intersection reconstruction or added travel lanes.

Community Preference Surveys

The MPO teamed up with MIBOR Realtor Association to survey residents of Central Indiana to find out about what type of housing they're in now and whether it matches their preferred housing type. The results help us determine whether the type of housing that is actually being built in Central Indiana matches the kind of housing that people want to live in, and whether it's being built in the kinds of places where people want to live.

Regional Activity Centers

These existing and emerging regional activities centers for Central Indiana were identified in 2020 though data-driven methodology and verification by a committee of regional representatives. Each grid cell in these maps is 160 acres in area, or 0.25 square miles.