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

MPOJC revised its long-range transportation plan in 2017, a requirement for securing state and federal funding for transportation projects. The Future Forward 2045 Plan (approved May 2017) 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, timeline, and public input opportunities.


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.


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

Planning process and timeline

July to September 2015

  • Presentation of plan goals and objectives to interested groups.

October to April 2016

  • Public input and data collection.

 May to January 2017

  • Preparation of draft document and presentation to interested groups.

January to May 2017

  • Public comment and document adoption process.


All six transportation surveys are now closed. If you participated in our survey, thank you. We truly value the information you have provided.

General survey - Closed

Passenger Vehicle survey - Closed

Transit survey - Closed

Bike survey - Closed

Pedestrian survey - Closed

Youth survey - Closed


Anyone who lives, works, attends school or conducts business in Johnson County is invited to attend a workshop. MPOJC staff will present transportation projects proposed by metro communities, including Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, University Heights and areas of Johnson County immediately adjacent to these communities. Members of the public who attend the workshop will help prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and discuss other areas of the transportation network that may be in need of improvement or investment.

  • North Liberty Community Center: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 PM (completed)
  • Coralville Public Library: Thursday, April 7th, 2016 from 6:30-8:15 PM (completed)
  • Iowa City Public Library: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 PM (completed)

Projects considered for inclusion in the plan will be evaluated based on public feedback and a shared set of goals for strengthening the Metro Area, including:  economic opportunity, environmental considerations, equity, efficiency, quality of life, system preservation, choice, safety and health.

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

The Long Range Transportation Plan is the transportation vision for the community in the same way a comprehensive plan is the land-use vision. A long range transportation plan provides a rationale for the programming of projects for all modes of transportation. The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), is responsible for fulfilling the federal requirement mandating development of the long range transportation plan.

The long range plan covers Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, University Heights, Tiffin and the fringe area beyond these communities. The plan is comprehensive and includes all modes of surface transportation which receive federal and state funding. It coordinates transportation issues between adjacent municipalities and attempts to resolve conflicting perspectives. The plan evolves with each five-year update in response to changing community priorities.

Each update of the Long Range Transportation Plan involves an extensive public involvement process that ensures citizens have the opportunity to comment on the provisions of the proposed plan. The long range plan reflects priorities for the community that are translated into politically and financially viable transportation projects. 

View the Approved Long Range Transportation Plan (2012-2040), Amended 09/2015.

If you have any comments or questions about the Long Range Transportation Plan, contact Kent Ralston at 319-356-5230 or