Future Forward 2050: Connecting Communities

MPOJC is in the process of revising its long-range transportation plan, a requirement for securing state and federal funding for transportation projects. The Plan  will help guide metropolitan area decision-making regarding transportation improvements and investments extending 25 years into the future. The plan considers all modes of transportation -- car, truck, freight, transit, pedestrian and bicycle -- and makes specific recommendations for transportation projects and funding sources. To follow is an overview of the plan's vision, goals and general timeline.


To ensure the strategic use of public investments and policies for the creation of a safe, efficient and equitable transportation network that enhances economic opportunity and growth while preserving our environment and quality of life.


  1. Economic opportunity: supports growth, innovation, job creation and productivity.
  2. Environment: preserves and protects our natural resources, including land, water and air quality.
  3. Quality of life: enhances livability and creates vibrant and appealing places that serve residents throughout their lives.
  4. System preservation: maintain the existing facilities in good and reliable condition.
  5. Choice: offer multi-modal transportation options that are affordable and accessible.
  6. Safety: transportation network designed and maintained to enhance the safety and security of all users.
  7. Efficiency: builds a well-connected transportation network with coordinated land use patterns to reduce travel demand and delay, miles traveled and energy consumption.
  8. Health: invites and enhances healthy and active lifestyles.
  9. Equity: provide access and opportunity for all people and neighborhoods.

Online Survey: Closed

Online Interactive Map: Open through April 16th, 2021


All who live, work, attend school, or do business in Johnson County are invited to share their input on capital transportation infrastructure projects (road, bridge, and bike/ pedestrian) proposed for 2022-2050 as part of the Long Range Transportation Plan. These projects are those for which communities anticipate the use of federal funds. Projects that receive federal funding must be included in the Plan. Public comments will help inform the development of the Future Forward 2050 Transportation Plan and will be used at a series of virtual workshops to be held in April/ May. The online map will remain open until April 16th, 2021.

1-minute Video on how to navigate the online map

Virtual Meetings

Meeting #1: April 1st 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Video Link

Travel Demand Model

Coincident with the update of the Long-Range Plan is the update of the MPOJC Travel Demand Model. The model is used to help understand how vehicular traffic patterns may change in response to land-use changes and to provide forecasted traffic volumes. The model update is a considerable undertaking requiring MPO staff and a dedicated staff member at the Iowa Department of Transportation approximately 18 months to complete. Watch the video below for more information on 


Planning Process and Timeline

May - November 2020

  • Presentation of Plan's vision, goals and performance measures to interested groups

December 2020 - April 2021

  • Public comment on proposed infrastructure projects

April - August 2021

  • Preparation of draft document and presentations to public / interested groups

September 2021 - May 2022

  • Public comment and document adoption process

Approved Future Forward 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (2017-2045)

Approved Long Range Transportation Plan (2012-2040) - Amended 07/2013

If you have any comments or questions about the Long Range Transportation Plan, contact Kent Ralston at 319-356-5230 or kent-ralston@iowa-city.org.