Help decide which local transportation projects get MPO funding

Residents of Greater Des Moines are invited to share their opinions on which local transportation projects they would like to see receive funding from the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Thirty-five projects are under consideration, ranging from trails, streetscapes and transit buses to the reconstruction of existing roads and the construction of new roads. More than $50 million in projects have been requested, while only $12.8 million in funding is available. The grants are available through the Surface Transportation Program and the Transportation Alternative Program, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the MPO.


To explore the projects and leave your comments, please click here or on the map to the left. Comments are due by Sunday, February 22.

The projects are also listed out under the grant programs for which they are eligible for funding.

Surface Transportation Program Project List

Transportation Alternative Program Project List

Comments can also be shared at a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, at the MPO, 420 Watson Powell, Jr. Way, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309.

In addition to collecting public comment on the projects, the MPO staff has scored the projects on how well they help meet the regional performance measures established in Mobilizing Tomorrow, the region’s long-range transportation plan. The scores and public comments will be presented to a funding subcommittee of local elected officials, who will make a funding recommendation. The recommendation will be presented to the MPO board in March for review and again in April for final approval.

For more information on the projects, please call or email MPO staff at 515-334-0075 or