Public Invited to Review Population and Employment Projections for 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

    May 1, 2019
    Comment Period ends May 24, 2019

    To determine future transportation needs, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has prepared population and employment projections to be used in the 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).  Projecting future land use, and the number and location of people and jobs, helps identify and prioritize where transportation and mobility improvements are needed.

    “Understanding where people live and work -- now and in the future -- is a key factor in identifying and evaluating transportation needs and impacts in our region.”
    MORPC Transportation Planning Manager Maria Schaper
    “The Central Ohio region is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth, and our forecasts show it continuing for years to come. To best plan for and accommodate this growth, it’s important that we accurately project where development is likely to occur, and input from local governments and residents is crucial to ensuring the accuracy of our projections,”
    MORPC Director of Data & Mapping Aaron Schill

    The population and employment projections were prepared for the following seven-county area: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties. This is the area for which the MORPC travel demand model is used to forecast travel and where detailed data are required.

    The 2020-2050 MTP is developed for the MORPC transportation planning area including 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 Plan includes highway, pedestrian, bikeway, and public transportation facilities including improvements identified by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). Federal funding may be sought in the future for projects included in the MTP.  The MTP, which is for horizon year 2050, will consider effects upon low-income and minority residents and will include an air quality conformity analysis.

    The 2050 Population and Employment Forecast can be viewed on our website at www.morpc.org/mtp2050.

    Please submit comments in writing to MORPC, 111 Liberty St, Ste 100, Cols, Ohio 43215, Attn: Maria Schaper, by 5 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 or by email to mtp@morpc.org.

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