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.

Planning Process and Timeline

May - November 2020

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

December 2020 - March 2021

  • Public comment on proposed infrastructure projects

March - August 2021

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

September 2021 - May 20222 

  • 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.