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MORPC Begins Work on Its Next Metropolitan Transportation Plan

2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Moving Ahead With Comment Period on Proposed Goals

July 19, 2018

Every four years, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) goes through the process of creating the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The first review and comment period for the 2020-2050 plan – on its proposed goals – has begun.

As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Columbus urbanized area, MORPC is required to conduct a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process. That planning process, in part, results in the MTP.

This MTP will look 30 years into the future and identify transportation needs, strategies, and projects. As a result, the greater Columbus region becomes eligible to receive federal transportation funding to improve, maintain, and operate highways, public transit, bikeways, sidewalks, and related facilities. The MTP also includes discussion on what impacts these projects will have on the region’s air quality and disadvantaged populations.

The goals for the plan will direct actions and strategies used to measure progress over time with respect to transportation in the Central Ohio area. The draft goals for the 2020-2050 plan are to accomplish the following through transportation:

“Setting regional goals is one of the earliest steps in the development of the MTP. This is the first of many opportunities for the public to review and comment on the 2020-2050 plan. We’ll have more opportunities for comments from the public throughout the plan development process and up until the plan is adopted in the spring of 2020.”
MORPC Transportation Planning Manager Maria Schaper

Next steps for the plan include defining measurable objectives with indicators to track success.

The plan will align with other MORPC programs and initiatives, such as insight2050 and many of the region’s sustainability efforts. MORPC’s MPO planning area 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.

Comments on the proposed goals are being accepted through August 31, 2018 by email to mtp@morpc.org or in writing to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215, Attn: MTP.

Watch for updates on the 2020-2050 MTP at morpc.org/mtp2050. The current 2016-2040 plan is also available for viewing.

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