Forward 2045: 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.

Goal Areas for Forward 2045

Six goal area topics for Forward 2045 were developed and refined through feedback from the Visioning Open House. Check out the video below for more information about each goal area that the strategies, policies, projects and transformational technologies identified in the plan must meet.

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 or click “Add Comment” on the map below and click “Or Click here to leave a general comment.”

Upcoming Events

None at this time

Past Events

A virtual public meeting was hosted from March 31 to April 14, 2020 to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the vision and goals for Forward2045 and review, comment and provide ideas (big or small) on potential alternatives and strategies within the Ames transportation system. If you would like to review the virtual public meeting and associated feedback, click here.

A visioning open house was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, to help the AAMPO gain a better understanding of the community’s transportation priorities, current and future transportation needs, and how to best address those needs with available transportation funding. 

If you were unable to attend the visioning open house in-person, click to review the meeting materials. (Handout, Display Boards, Exercise Results)

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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