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What is the Plan?

Connecting Kentuckiana: The Region's Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Connecting Kentuckiana, when adopted in 2014, will be the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the region. We need your help to develop it as the projects and programs in the MTP will include some projects that are now underway as well as those that will be built in the future over the next 25+ years. The MTP lays out how Federal transportation funds will be invested in our region through the year 2040.

What forms of transportation are included?

The MTP addresses different forms of surface transportation, such as sidewalks, bridges, roadways, bike facilities, and public transportation. The goal of the plan is to focus the best ways to connect people to places, people to people, and goods to market.

What is KIPDA looking for?

KIPDA is taking a fresh look at transportation throughout the region. By working with you and looking at available data, we will explore the transportation issues of today and attempt to anticipate what they may be in the future so we can "plan" accordingly. We will be asking a lot of questions, such as:
  • What are the goals of the region and how can the MTP help to realize those goals?
  • Why is there so much traffic in a given area at a certain time?
  • How difficult is it for you to get to the grocery store, doctor's office or the park?
  • Are there transportation issues that affect you, your children, grandchildren, parents or grandparents?
  • Are deliveries to your business delayed because of traffic?
  • If you drive a truck or a bus, are there areas of our community that are more difficult to get through and why?
  • How can we improve safety for all users?
  • What are the costs associated with different solutions, and what are the pros and cons of each solution?

The Process

KIPDA has identified three different phases for the update: the Issues Phase, the Solutions and Alternatives Phase, and the Review and Final Draft Phase. 

Phase I: The Issues Phase

KIPDA began with a series of 24 community workshops open to the general public held throughout the five-county KIPDA Metropolitan Planning Area in May 2012 in order to connect with people and the transportation issues they face.  We are now meeting with other interested parties and continuing to collect comments about transportation issues in the region.  For the lastest information, please see the News page.  The survey is available through August 3, 2012; results from the survey as well as all of the comments collected will be included in the Issues Report.  In addition to meeting with the public and other interested parties, Phase I will include technical analyses, such as a look at congestion, crash data, maintenance plans, transit ridership, current inventories of existing facilities, forecasts of populations and jobs, as well as other analyses.  The findings from the technical analyses and the comments will be combined and reflected in the Issues Report, anticipated to be ready to in early 2013.  The Issues Report will be the cornerstone document for moving forward with developing goals and objectives as well as solutions in Phase II.

Phase II: The Solutions and Alternatives Phase

Once issues are identified, KIPDA will explore possible solutions as well as alternatives to those solutions. The development of solutions will be guided with the development of goals, objectives, and performance measures.  This will involve staying connected with people throughout the region to discuss the range of potential solutions. Phase II will produce a Solutions Report. Once the final range of solutions have been identified, Connecting Kentuckiana will be completed in 2014.
Phase III: Final Draft and Review Phase

Following Phase II, KIPDA will select projects from the Solutions Report for the final draft of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Connecting Kentuckiana.  Once the final draft is complete, it will undergo a final round of public review and be presented to the KIPDA Transportation Policy Committee in late 2014 for their consideration and adoption. 

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