The MTP identifies the long-range strategies and actions to be carried out over the next 20 years for contiured development of the integrated multimodal transportation system in the West Central Indiana Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). Development of the plan is a cooperative effort between the MPO, local officials and stakeholders, the state department of transportion, and the public. The current plan, which was adopted by the Transportation Policy Committee on Sep 28, 2018, is based on available estimates and assumptions through 2045 for population, land use, travel, employment, congestion, economic activity, and funding.
Section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act of 1977 (42 U.S.C. 7506(c)) requires transportation planning agencies in air quality non-attainment and maintenance areas to demonstrate air pollutant emissions from federally supported MTPs and TIPs conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP). Since Vigo County was a designated a maintenance area for ozone under the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAASQ), the MPO was required to make an air quality conforimity determination in support of the 2045 MTP and the FY 2020-2024 TIP. These determinations, which were approved by the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, were made in accordance with 40 CFR Parts 51.390 and 93.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a transportation planning organization charged with ensuring that the public is involved in the planning process. Public involvement is not a discreet incident, but a continual focus of the MPO’s entire work program. In order to maintain a proactive presence in the community, and be a resource for the public and other entities, the MPO strives to be both an educational organization and a quality resource center.
This Public Participation Plan (PPP) is intended to provide a guide for public participation activities to be conducted by the West Central Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Public Participation Plan contains the goals of the MPO for public participation, as well as processes and tools to encourage and facilitate public and stakeholder participation.
The TIP identifies the multimodal transportation projects (or phases of projects) selected from the MTP for development and execution within the MPA over the next four years. By law, the TIP includes all highway, road, transit, transportation enhancement, safety, trail, pedestrian walkway and bicycle facility projects that will involve federal funding provided under 23 U.S.C. or 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53. The TIP must be approved by the Transportation Policy Committee and the Governor, and it is typically updated every two years.
As part of the federally prescribed metropolitan transportation planning process, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) must publish an Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) for which federal funds, provided under 23 U.S.C. or 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, were obligated in the preceding program year. Fulfillment of this Congressional mandate is intended to increase the transparency of federal government spending on transportation projects within a metropolitan planning area (MPA) to state and local officials, and to the public at large.