FEBRUARY 2, 2015

In determining future transportation needs,MORPC is asking the community to review and comment on the draft Objectives and Targets for the 2016-2040 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is developed from a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process, with a 20-year horizon to 2040. 

The planning area for the MTP includes Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County and Jerome Township in Union County. The MTP will include highway, pedestrian, bikeway, and public transportation facilities including improvements identified by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATA Bus).  Federal funding may be sought in the future for projects included in the MTP.  The MTP will consider effects upon low-income and minority residents and will include an air quality conformity analysis. 

In December 2014, the following MTP Goals were adopted and used as the foundation for drafting measureable objectives with targets to gauge the progress in achieving the goals of the MTP:

Through transportation:

  • Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote alternative fuel resources to increase affordability and resilience of regional energy supplies
  • Protect natural resources and mitigate infrastructure vulnerabilities to maintain a healthy ecosystem and community
  • Position Central Ohio to attract and retain economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally
  • Create sustainable neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life
  • Increase regional collaboration and employ innovative transportation solutions to maximize the return on public expenditures
  • Use public investments to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of people

The draft objectives were developed to reflect tangible, measurable ways the MTP Goals can be achieved. Short and long term targets were assigned to the objectives to help focus the transportation planning efforts. Progress on each objective will be tracked and reported annually. The draft objectives, benchmarks and targets can be viewed on our website at or a copy can be requested by emailing or calling 614-233-4157.

Submit comments by email to or to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attn: Thea Walsh, by 5 p.m., before Friday, February 20, 2015.