Every Urbanized Area with a population of 50,000 or more (as defined by the US Census) is required by federal regulations to have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). MPOs are responsible for conducting a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process.
Currently, all MPOs are governed by federal legislation called the FAST Act. MPO Program oversight is a joint Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) / Federal Transit Administration (FTA) responsibility. The MPO planning process is a prerequisite to the area receiving federal funds for transit, active transportation, and roadway improvements.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization is the designated MPO for Central Indiana. The Indianapolis MPO plans and programs federal transportation funds for highways, transit, non-motorized transportation, and other means of moving people and goods in the 8-county, Central Indiana region.
An infographic showing how the Indianapolis MPO compares to our peer regions in population, employment, growth, infrastructure investment, exports, and transit investment.
The Indianapolis MPO created a strategic plan for the Central Indiana region. While the MPO already plans regionally for transportation investments, there are other planning elements that have not historically been planned with regional coordination (land use, water, resiliency, etc.). The MPO Policy Committee adopted the MPO Strategic Plan on August 22, 2018.