DMMPC - MPO Transportation Planning
The Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as designated by the Governor in the 1970's, for the Muncie Urbanized Area and is charged with carrying out a federally mandated continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning program that is required in order for Delaware County and its communities to received federal transportation funds. The MPO works with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to carry out these activities and programs. Since Delaware County was declared a nonattainment area for air quality (ozone) purposes in 2004, the MPO is charged with carrying out additional responsibilities related to Transportation Conformity and works with the above agencies as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Delaware County is now in attainment and is considered a Maintenance Area for air quality purposes but the additional responsibilities remain in effect until 2015, at minimum.
The following are required documents, and have been produced by the MPO, as a part of the transportation planning program:
-Delaware-Muncie Transportation Plan (updates required every 4 years) (TP)
-Delaware-Muncie Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
-Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
-Public Participation Plan
Approval of the required documents, and amendments, involves a 3 step local approval process beginning with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), then the Administrative (ADMIN) Committee and ending with the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission (DMMPC). Documents are then sent to the appropriate state and federal agencies.
Additional annual documents include a Completion Report and a Cost Allocation Plan. Additional work activities include traffic counting, accident inventories, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and more as set out in the UPWP.
The MPO Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) is all of Delaware County (excluding the Anderson Urbanized Area which extends into the Daleville area) and a part of Randolph County where the Muncie Urbanized Area extends to Parker City. The DMMPC is responsible for Air Quality Transportation Conformity for all of Delaware County.