About the Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Ames Area MPO provides a regional forum to ensure coordination between the public and local, state, and federal agencies in regard to planning issues and to prepare transportation plans and programs. The main responsibilities of the MPO is to develop both long and short-range multi-modal transportation plans from which projects are selected and approved for federal funding based upon regional priorities and public input.
The Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was officially designated as the MPO of the Ames urbanized area by the Governor of Iowa in March 2003. The designation was the result of the Ames urbanized area having a population of greater than 50,000 people in the 2000 census. As a result of the 2010 Census, the urbanized area of Ames and Gilbert were combined as one urbanized area, therefore requiring the Metropolitan Planning Area to be expanded to encompass this area in its entirety. The Ames Area MPO approved its current planning area on November 13, 2012.
Ames is located in central Iowa and is served by I-35, U.S. Highway 30, and U.S. Highway 69. Surface transportation needs are met through over 248 centerline miles of streets. The community has a very progressive transit system, CyRide, which carries over six million bus passengers per year. While the majority of transit users have Iowa State University ties, the bus system serves the entire Ames community. The MPO area includes the Ames Municipal Airport, which serves general aviation needs for business, industry, and recreation users On average 119 aircraft operations occur per day the at the Ames Municipal Airport. Union Pacific Railroad provides freight service to the area by dual east-west mainline tracks and a northern agricultural spur.
Title VI Notice to the Public
The Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization hereby gives public notice that it is the policy of the Department to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, related statutes and regulation provide that no person shall on the ground of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 amended Title VI to specify that entire institutions receiving Federal funds, whether schools, colleges, government entities, or private employers must comply with Federal civil rights laws, rather than just the particular programs or activities that receive Federal funds.
We are also concerned about the impacts of our programs, projects and activities on low income and minority populations ("Environmental Justice") under Title VI. Any person who believes that they are being denied participation in a project, being denied benefits of a program, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, you may contact:
- Brian Phillips, City of Ames Title VI Civil Rights Coordinator - 515-239-5101
- Iowa Department of Transportation - 800-262-0003
You should contact the above individual or Iowa DOT office as soon as possible but no later than 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred, or if there has been a continuing course of conduct, no later than 180 days after the alleged discrimination was discontinued.