Our Regional Plan
The MPO's Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) guides the area's metropolitan transportation systems over the next 20 years. With the help of transportation planners, engineers, elected officials and the public, the plan ensures facilities and services required to support the mobility needs of the regional community and its future growth are anticipated and available. Look below for the 2050 MTP and its amendments.
The MTP supports:
- Enhancing transportation options and choices for all users
- Implementing strategies that address congested segments
- Supporting economic mobility for all Central Indiana residents
- Improving job access for Central Indiana commuters
- Ensuring the efficient movement of goods and freight
- Improving safety for travelers system-wide through project investment
- Preserving or enhance the existing transportation system
- Minimizing negative impacts of the transportation system on the natural environment
Amendments to the MTP require an updated Transportation Conformity Finding. The elements necessary to demonstrate Transportation Conformity include communication with the Interagency Consultation Group, demonstration of fiscal constraint, and public comment. Below are the guidance documents and the Transportation Conformity reports and findings for the original and each amendment of the 2050 MTP.
Transportation Conformity Guidance
- Interagency Consultation Group Conformity Consultation Guidance
- Updated guidance is currently drafted and awaiting final approval. The guidance above will be replaced with the new guidance once approved.
Original 2050 MTP
- 2050 MTP Transportation Conformity Determination Report | Approved: January 2022
- USDOT MTP Transportation Conformity Finding | January 2022
- 2050 MTP - 2022 Q1 Transportation Conformity Report | February 2022
- USDOT 2022 Q1 Transportation Conformity Finding | March 2022
- 2050 MTP - 2022 Q3 Transportation Conformity | August 2022
- USDOT 2022 Q3 Transportation Conformity Finding | September 2022
Projects Outside the MPA
The following is a compiled list of INDOT projects located outside of the Metropolitan Planning Area but within the Transportation Conformity Area (aka the "donut area"). These projects have been reviewed by the Interagency Consultation Group as part of the Transportation Conformity review process.
From time to time, projects or assumptions made in a plan will change. As part of the federal process, an expansion project must be in the regional transportation plan, or MTP. When projects arise that are not in the plan, the plan must be amended. Here you will find the original MTP and amendments to the MTP. Each amendment includes a full, revised project list.
Amendments to the 2050 MTP will be made up to twice annually. Check the full meeting schedule for MTP amendment request deadlines, as well as TIP amendment request deadlines.
Current MTP including Amendments & Modifications
- 2050 MTP | Approved: December 2021
- 2050 MTP Amendment 1 | Approved: February 2022
- 2050 MTP Amendment 2 | Approved: August 17, 2022
The following includes a calendar for amendment request deadlines, and forms that include information required for amendment requests. All amendment requests must be started in MiTIP.
Additional MTP Components
Below are a few additional components of the 2050 MTP. These were individual projects that contributed toward the final recommendations of the MTP.
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.
A Regional Activity Center (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 were used as part of the 2050 MTP process. For more information, check out the "Regional Activity Centers" item on the Technical Studies page.
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 was used in transportation modeling and will be referenced in future planning work. Visit the Scenario Planning page for more information.
2050 MTP Projects Map
The following map indicates projects as of the most recently approved amendment of the 2050 MTP.