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.

To learn more about the MTP in general, check out this video.

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
  • Fall 2021 Public Review & Comment on Draft Plan (In Progress)
  • Fall 2021 2050 MTP Approval by the Transportation Policy Committee

​2050 MTP Draft for Public Review and Comment

A draft of the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is available for public review and comment from August 30 - October 15, 2021.

Submit your comments on this draft document by 5:00pm ET on October 15, 2021 to:

• by email to Jen.Higginbotham@IndyMPO.org
by phone to 317-327-7587
• leave a voicemail at 317-327-8601
• by mail to 200 East Washington Street, Suite 2322, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204 (mail must be received by 5pm ET October 15)
• call to schedule a time to review or discuss the plan in person

Hard copies of the 2050 MTP have been distributed to public libraries around the region for the public to review. Click here for the full list of library addresses.

The IMPO's Transportation Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on the Draft 2050 MTP and consider it for approval at their meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 9:00am ET at Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Ave, Beech Grove, IN 46107. See the public notice for more details.

DRAFT Central Indiana 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
DRAFT Central Indiana 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (reduced size)

2050 MTP Library Conversations

If you'd like to have a live discussion with an IMPO staff member about the draft 2050 MTP, please join us at one of the Library Conversations!

• Monday, Sept 13, 6:00 - 7:30p, Warren Branch, 9701 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN
• Wednesday, Sept 15, 4:30 - 6:00p, Haughville Branch, 2121 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN
• Thursday, Sept 16, 3:30 - 5:00p, Hancock County Public Library, 900 West McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN
• Friday, Sept 17, 4:30 - 6:00p, East 38th Street Branch, 5420 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN
• Wednesday, Sept 22, 2:30 - 4:00p, Eagle Branch, 3905 Moller Road, Indianapolis, IN
• Thursday, Sept 23, 4:30 - 6:00p, Moorseville Public Library, 220 West Harrison Street, Mooresville, IN
• Tuesday, Sept 28, 6:00 - 7:30p, Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN
• Wednesday, Sept 29, 4:00 - 5:30, Noblesville Library, 1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN
• Thursday, Sept 30, 11:30a - 1:00p, Martindale-Brightwood Branch, 2434 North Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, IN


2050 MTP Summary Handouts + Comment Form
2050 MTP Coloring Book

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