Forward 45: Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) is updating their regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan, known as Forward 2045. Forward 2045 is a community-driven process that establishes a vision for the future of transportation in the Ames metropolitan area.

Forward 2045 will result in a 25-year prioritized and financially constrained plan that will define how the metropolitan area will manage and operate our multi-modal transportation system, which includes transit, highway, bicycles, and pedestrians. The AAMPO is committed to implementing a holistic planning process that fosters wider regional inclusion and prosperity, higher standards of living, and connections for people throughout the community.

More specific and defined goals for Forward 2045 will be developed following feedback from the community during a visioning open house, scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Ames Public Library – Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010. Please plan to attend and participate.

Take our short Community Survey and let us know your thoughts on transportation in Ames.

Forward 45 Schedule

Previous Plans

The Ames Area MPO develops a new long range transportation plan every five years. For copies of past programs, contact the Ames Area MPO at 515.239.5169. Ames Mobility 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan was adopted in September 2015. View the Ames Mobility 2040 Full Report.

Get Involved!

The AAMPO wants your input and ideas as part of the Forward 2045 MTP planning process. You can submit location-specific comments on the map below by clicking on the area you would like to call out, and then type your name and associated comment.

Or, to leave a general comment, email Traffic@cityofames.org or click “Add Comment” on the map below and click “Or Click here to leave a general comment.” http://mplshdrpi.com/amesforward2045/

Upcoming Events

You’re invited to an open house to help establish a vision for transportation in the Ames metropolitan area! Join us for a visioning open house:

Date:                     Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time:                     5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:              Ames Public Library – Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
                             515 Douglas Ave
                             Ames, IA 50010

There will be no formal presentation. Attendees are welcome to attend any time to participate in interactive exercises to contribute ideas to establish a transportation vision and goals for Forward 2045. Community input is important to the planning efforts - please plan to attend and participate.

 If you are unable to attend the visioning open house in-person, an online version of the meeting will be available at amesgisweb.city.ames.ia.us/forward45 from November 14 to November 27.

Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process 

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan, formerly known as the Long Range Transportation Plan, is developed in accordance with the 49 USC 5303(i) to accomplish the objective outlined by the MPO, the state, and the public transportation providers with respect to the development of the metropolitan area's transportation network.


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