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What is the Plan?

Connecting Kentuckiana: The Region's Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Connecting Kentuckiana will be the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the region. Connecting Kentuckiana will provide a “blueprint” of how the transportation system will evolve beginning soon after adoption through the year 2040. The MTP is a living document that is updated every four years in order to reflect our evolving community and its transportation needs.

The Connecting Kentuckiana update is taking a hard look at current and anticipated transportation issues. With a “fix it first” approach, Connecting Kentuckiana may provide guidance to help our current transportation infrastructure provide more efficient and safe transportation options, while also comparing our current infrastructure to forecast needs and acting accordingly.

The MTP lays out how federal transportation funds will be invested in our region through the year 2040. In order for surface transportation projects to be implemented in our community using federal transportation funds, they must first be included in the region’s MTP.

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?

• 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 Phase, and the Community Impact 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.  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.  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 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.

Phase III: Community Impact 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 for their consideration and adoption.  

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