As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)for the metropolitan Columbus planning area, MORPC is required to conduct a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process, with a 20-year horizon, that results in producing a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Transportation Improvement Programfor the region.
The MTP is a long-range planning document that identifies transportation deficiencies, policies, strategies and projects over the next two decades. It is updated on a four-year cycle. MORPC coordinates the development of the MTP with communities throughout Central Ohio and with other local, state and federal agencies. The MTP makes the greater Columbus region eligible to receive a large amount of 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 within the MORPC transportation study.
The plan includes:
- Regional goals, objectives and performance measurements
- Socio-economic trends and their impact on transportation
- Evaluation of the current system and future needs
- Listing of eligible regionally significant transportation projects
- Evaluation of the future transportation system assuring that it will be fiscally balanced, meet federal requirements regarding air quality and social equity
- Implementation strategies
The 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan sets goals and targets for the region, and identifies transportation strategies and projects to achieve those goals over the next 20 years. More information about the plan development process, schedule, status updates, and public involvement opportunities is available below. For more information contact Maria Schaper at firstname.lastname@example.org 614.233.4153.
The 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan was adopted by the Community Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee in May 2016. See Resolution
- Full Report
- Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Chapter 1: Plan Purpose and Development
- Chapter 2: Regional Trends
- Chapter 3: The Transportation System
- Chapter 4: System Management
- Chapter 5: Demand Management
- Chapter 6: System Development
- Chapter 7: Project Evaluation and Fiscal Constraint
- Chapter 8: Summary of Strategies and Projects
- Chapter 9: Plan Implementation and Monitoring
- Appendix A: Land Use
- Appendix B: Project Evaluation
- Appendix C: Air Quality Conformity
- Appendix D: Environmental Justice Technical Analysis
- Appendix E: Environmental Mitigation
- Appendix F: Public Involvement
Record of Adoption
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) reviewed the conformity documentation for the 2016-2040 MTP. The conformity documentation includes analyses to demonstrate conformity to the 2008 8-hour Ozone and 1997 PM 2.5 standards for the Franklin and Licking County Air Quality area. Based on their review, in consultation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and as documented in a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation dated June 24, 2016, the MORPC 2040 MTP was determined to conform to the state implementation plan in accordance with the provisions of the Transportation Conformity Rule (40 CFR Parts 51 and 93).
The timeline below highlights the major milestones during the development of the MTP. Stakeholder and public outreach is continuous throughout the process.
Fact sheets were provided throughout the development of the MTP.
- Issue 1 (November 2014): Overview and draft goals of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 2 (February 2015): Draft Objectives of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 3 (March 2015): Draft Land-Use Variables and Forecasts of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 4 (April 2015): Project Evaluation Criteria of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 5 (June - August 2015): Candidate Project Types of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 6 (August 2015): System Management Strategies of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 7 (October 2015): System Management Strategies and Fiscal Constraint of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 8 (November 2015): Draft Strategies of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 9A (January 2016): Draft Roadway Projects of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 9B (January 2016): Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 9C (February 2016): Draft Transit Projects of the 2016-2040 MTP.
- Issue 10 (May 2016): Final 2016-2040 MTP
The Active Transportation Plan (ATP), a component of the MTP, identifies regionally significant active transportation corridors that include pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities around Central Ohio.
The 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan was adopted by a resolution of the MORPC Policy Committee on May 12, 2016. As part of a continuous planning process, the MTP will be updated no later than 2020.