MORPC Begins Work on Its Next Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Every four years, MORPC goes through the process of creating its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and now the work has begun on the 2020-2050 plan.
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 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which must look at least 20 years into the future.
The MTP is a long-range document that identifies transportation needs, strategies, and projects. By doing the plan, the greater Columbus region becomes eligible to receive federal transportation funding to improve, maintain, and operate highways, public transit, bikeways, sidewalks, and related facilities. Transportation projects must be included in the MTP to be eligible to receive federal funding.
The growth of Central Ohio has only increased the excitement around planning for the future. That is why MORPC’s next MTP is looking beyond the required 20 years – all the way to 2050. This will align the MTP with other MORPC programs and initiatives, such as insight2050 and many of the region’s sustainability efforts.
The development timeline for the plan stretches through the spring of 2020. Throughout the process, there will be plenty of opportunity for the public to review and comment on aspects of the plan, as well as to offer project suggestions.
The MTP includes information on future demographic and development trends, strategies for reducing travel demand and changing traveler behavior, homeland security and emergency preparation. It addresses the need for coordinated planning efforts to enhance the safety and efficiency of all modes.
The types of projects included in the MTP include: new or widened roadways; intersection modifications; new or modified freeway interchanges; roadway diets or access management; multi-use trails; on-street bicycle facilities; new sidewalks; and transit expansions. The MTP also includes discussion on how improvements can be funded and what impacts they will have on the region’s air quality and disadvantaged populations.
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.