2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The Indianapolis MPO is undergoing a major update to the long-range plan. Formerly called the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the new plan will be called the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). This plan will include updated information about regional transportation trends and projections, and an updated list of proposed major transportation projects through 2050.

Project Milestones

  • Summer 2020 Professional Survey to Determine Public Transportation Spending Preferences
  • Fall 2020 Finalize Regional Activity Centers
  • Dec 2020 - Jan 2021 Call for Major Transportation Projects
  • Spring 2021 Finalize Preferred Regional Future Land Use Scenario
  • Spring 2021 Public Review & Comment on Major Proposed Transportation Projects
  • Summer 2021 Plan Development and Land Use Advisory Panel Feedback (In Progress)
  • Fall 2021 Public Review & Comment on Draft Plan
  • Fall 2021 2050 MTP Approval by the Transportation Policy Committee

Transportation Survey Summary

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (IMPO) receives federal funding annually to support transportation investments within Central Indiana. To ensure that those funds are meeting the needs of the region, the IMPO surveys the region to establish goals to address in the transportation system, and also preferences for how much of the funding should be allocated to various project types (new roads, preservation of roads, bikeways, transit, etc.). The survey for the 2050 Metropolitan Plan Update was conducted in July and August of 2020, and responses were balanced/weighted by county to reflect the population distribution of the region.

Transportation Survey Summary

Regional Activity Centers

A Regional Activity Centers (RAC) is a major destination where clusters of employment, residents, and/or visitors are located. Identifying these RACs can help cities, counties and the region focus limited transportation resources and funds towards areas of high activity and most trips generated. The IMPO defined eight types of RACs, and identified their locations within the region. These will be used as part of the 2050 MTP process. For more information, check out the "Regional Activity Centers" item on the Technical Studies page.

Regional Activity Centers item

Scenario Planning

Transportation and land use planning are heavily linked, often with one reacting to the other. Scenario Planning helps the IMPO think through the various ways Central Indiana could grow and change over the next 30 years. We started by combining the region's city, town, and county future land use maps into one master map that we call the "base scenario". Then, we created three more scenario options. Finally, using public and stakeholder feedback, we created the Preferred Scenario. The Preferred Scenario will be used in transportation modeling and referenced in future planning work. Visit the Scenario Planning page for more information.

Regional Scenario Planning

Map of Proposed Projects

In March 2021, the IMPO invited the public to review the projects on this map and submit their comments. These projects were proposed by the cities, towns, and counties in the region as the major roadway expansion projects they’re interested in pursuing over the next 30 years (to 2050). The project comments received were sent to the city, town, or county that proposed each project.