2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update
Metro 2050 is the update to Metro COG’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which is a critical guide to transportation infrastructure and policy in our region. As the Metro 2050 planning process kicks off, please check here for important project updates and announcements!
Metro COG will be at Broadway Square at the Fargo Downtown Street Fair on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15. We want to introduce you to Metro 2050 and hear your thoughts about transportation challenges and opportunities in our region!
Project Background & Objective
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is updated every five years to explore regional transportation needs and identify future solutions.
Specifically, the MTP sets out to evaluate transportation-related needs and priorities in the region, adapt to population shifts, review policy direction, adjust for new legislation & guidance, and address other changes affecting the region. Developing and implementing the MTP is one of the most important responsibilities of Metro COG as a Metropolitan Planning Organization. In coordination with regional and local planning efforts, the MTP will move the entire Metro COG region toward a unified transportation vision.
***Click HERE to see the region impacted by this foundational plan***
The 2020 Census estimates a Fargo Moorhead Urbanized Area population of 216,214 residents. The United States Department of Transportation has designated regions over 200,000 residents as Transportation Management Area (TMA). This TMA designation changes how federal transportation funds flow to the Fargo Moorhead region. This allows Metro COG and local jurisdictions more responsibility in prioritizing and selecting transportation projects for federal funding. Metro 2050 will reflect this new responsibility and changes to financial projections associated with TMA designation.
Continued regional growth presents both challenges and opportunities for the multimodal transportation system, as the region’s population is forecast to reach 357,322 residents by 2050.
Through Metro 2050, coordination of transportation infrastructure and policy is critical for accommodating this projected growth.