From the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization | February 8, 2019
Public Comment is Open for 1st Quarter TIP Amendments
Proposed amendments to the 2018-2021 Indianapolis Regional Transportation Improvement Program are now being offered for public review and comment. All comments should be received by February 19th, 2019. Click here for more information.
RFQ Posted: Scenario Planning
As the Indianapolis MPO begins work on Central Indiana’s 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), there is interest in developing scenarios for future growth that include land use and transportation choices. The intent is for these scenarios to guide policy decisions for the LRTP (or policy options lead to development of scenarios) and potentially influence the scoring of projects included in the LRTP.
INDOT Winter Ops: Prepare for Slick Roads
INDOT has released a notice warning drivers in the state that after heavy rains and a temperature plunge to the low teens, flash freezing may cause black ice and hazardous conditions. Learn more.
AP: Indiana Ports See A Big Jump in Cargo Shipments
The Associated Press released a report showing that Indiana's three major ports in Mount Vernon, Jeffersonville, and Burns Harbor handled a record amount of cargo, mostly due to increases in steel, coal, soy, and grain. Learn more.
Indy MPO Agreement with InfoUSA Provides Business and Employment Data for Members
The Indianapolis MPO has contracted with InfoUSA for Business and Employment Data in 2019 and this includes access for our member communities. InfoUSA’s U.S. Business database contains information for 54 million businesses. Their business information is compiled from various sources (including telephone directories, business magazines, trade publications, and newspapers) and then it is phone verified. Available information includes company name, phone number, address, NAICS Codes, number of employees, sales volumes, and business expenditures to name just a few.

Please contact Jennifer Dunn to get set up with a username and password for the InfoUSA website. We can also assist with setting up an online tutorial.
Staff Spotlight: James Rinehart
Since his first time riding a city bus in kindergarten, Fort Wayne native James Rinehart has been drawn to transit. Little did he know it would become his job. James discovered planning after earning a bachelor’s degree in history at IUPU Fort Wayne when a former professor suggested he consider studying it in grad school. He went on to earn a master’s in urban and regional planning from Ball State University. Here’s some Q&A so you can get to know him better. 
Hobbies?
Hiking, cycling and cooking.
Pets?
One dog, Molly; and one cat, Charlotte.
Heroes growing up?
I admired my undergraduate advisor. He was a world-renowned scholar in his field, but never acted like it. I appreciated that the most about him.
Favorite place to visit or vacation?
Germany and Ireland.
Most underappreciated aspect of planning?
Data analysis is a really important part of planning that does not always get the recognition it should. Design and policy are routinely taught in planning school without a lot of emphasis on quantitative analysis. Data helps inform policy makers and design experts about the planning needs of a community.
Most important recent trend in planning?
The return to more urban neighborhoods has been an important trend in recent years. The trend has led to investments in alternative modes of transportation (trails, multi-use paths, better transit), as well as economic development opportunities in urban areas.
What is the best-planned city in America?
What draws me to a city is its transit system. So, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C., are three of my favorites, but I don’t believe they are necessarily the best planned cities.
If you could change one thing about the way Indianapolis has grown over the years, what would it be?
The disinvestment in transit is what I would change. There were several decades where Indianapolis reduced the transit network. I’m glad it’s being addressed now.
UPCOMING IRTC MEETING DATES
Check out the  MPO's Calendar  for upcoming meeting dates of the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council and its Committees. All locations are accessible by public transportation.

  • Policy Committee - February 20, at 9am at MIBOR Realtor Association, 1912 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Administrative Committee - April 26, at 9am at IndyGo, 1501 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
  • Technical Committee - May 8, at 9am at MIBOR Realtor Association, 1912 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202