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MORPC Seeking Public Input at Metropolitan Transportation Plan Open House

March 9, 2016

As MORPC plans for the future of transportation in Central Ohio, it’s important to us that the public has a chance to review our plans and offer comments. After all, area residents ought to have the opportunity to decide whether to bike or drive to work, where they can quickly pick up that last-minute item they forgot to purchase, or how to respond to demographic and lifestyle changes in the region – including nearly 330,000 new residents by 2040.

With that in mind, MORPC is hosting an open house on our draft 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is a long-range planning document that brings together local governments from around Central Ohio and other local, state, and federal agencies to identify and coordinate transportation goals, strategies, and projects over the next two decades.

The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus.  MORPC staff will give a presentation at 6 p.m. on the plan and will be available during the open house to discuss and answer questions about the MTP.

The open house is open to anyone who would like to attend, and we especially want to hear from those inside MORPC’s transportation planning area (Delaware and Franklin counties, Jerome Township in Union County, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County).

The MTP identifies roadway, bikeway, pedestrian, safety, security, freight and public transportation components including improvements identified by COTA and DATABus, for an integrated, multi-modal transportation system. $19.5 billion is forecasted to be available in the region to maintain and expand the transportation system, although the identified need for funds far outweighs the funding available. The plan includes an air quality conformity analysis and considers effects upon low-income and minority residents. 

The draft 2016-2040 MTP will be available for review next week at www.morpc.org/MTP2040. Hard copies will be available at MORPC and local libraries.  

Any written comments should be submitted to Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems and Funding, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215 or by email to mtp@morpc.org.  Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 15, 2016.