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Iowa in Motion 2045


A safe and efficient multimodal transportation system is critical for the State of Iowa. It is important for the Iowa Department of Transportation to periodically review the anticipated social and economic changes likely to occur in the coming decades, and craft a framework for planning efforts and programming decisions that will support the transportation system that is necessary for Iowa’s future.

This is codified in 23 CFR § 450.214(a), which states “The State shall develop a long-range statewide transportation plan, with a minimum 20-year forecast period at the time of adoption, that provides for the development and implementation of the multimodal transportation system for the State.”

The Iowa DOT kicked off work on the 2045 update to the state transportation plan in the fall of 2015, and anticipates completion by spring of 2017. This planning process and document will address federal requirements and serve as a transportation investment guide for the department’s staff and Commission.

The most recent plan, adopted in 2012, focused on policy issues and not on specific, actionable items. The goal with the new state transportation plan will be to provide specific strategies and improvements that will be implemented and revisited over time. The plan will include some notable enhancements from the 2012 document, including the following.
  • Extensive internal and external stakeholder and public input efforts throughout the plan development process.
  • An action plan with specific strategies and improvements that will be implemented and revisited over time. This could include short-term, long-term, and ongoing strategies, study corridors, and potential future improvements.
  • Performance measures to help the department track and monitor performance in key areas over time.

Stakeholder and public engagement

Internal discussions are already underway, and a major public input effort is anticipated to begin in February 2016, aimed at gathering feedback on what the public feels are long-term needs of the transportation system and appropriate strategies to address those needs. The anticipated timeline for the planning process is:
  • February - March 2016 — Online public input gathering
  • Spring/summer 2016 — Refinement of vision and action plan
  • Late summer 2016 — Second round of online public input gathering and targeted external stakeholder input
  • Fall/winter 2016 — Finalize draft document
  • Spring 2017 — Approve final document

Presentations and materials from stakeholder and public engagement activities are linked below.

MPO/RPA Quarterly Meeting, September 15, 2015
MPO/RPA Quarterly Meeting, December 1, 2015
Commission Workshop, January 12, 2016
MPO/RPA Quarterly Meeting, March 23, 2016
Commission Workshop, May 10, 2016
Passenger Transportaiton Summit, May 12, 2016


For additional information, contact:
Andrea White
Office of Systems Planning
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-239-1210
Fax: 515-233-7857
Email: iowa.motion@dot.iowa.gov