Public Participation

The MPO provides a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process for the area. As part of this process, the MPO solicits public review and comment on the work, projects, and products that it creates and proposes.

The MPO’s public participation process is outlined in the Public Participation Plan. The process aims to provide citizens, stakeholder groups, and other interested parties with reasonable opportunities to be involved in planning processes.

Public Participation Plan

Public asked to help decide which local transportation projects to fund

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).

Nineteen projects are under consideration, ranging from roadways, bridges and transit buses to trails, safe routes to school and on-street facilities. More than $31 million has been requested from the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, as well as the Surface Transportation Block Grant Set-Aside Program, which combined have an approximately $13 million in available funding. Both grant programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the MPO.

The public can find project descriptions and an interactive map of the 19 projects online using the following link: STBG and TAP Projects Public Input Map. and leave comments.

Comments will be collected on the site now through Friday, March 11.

The Des Moines Area MPO is developing the next active transportation plan for the Central Iowa region, previously known as the CONNECT Plan. InterConnect will advise decision-makers about the short- and long-term policies, infrastructure, education, maintenance, and coordination necessary to make walking, bicycling, skating, scooting, and riding transit in our region superb! Key players include the MPO, Central Iowa Bicycle and Pedestrian Roundtable, Active Transportation Advisory Committee, and the public. Please check this page for updates throughout the planning process!

Want to get involved with the plan? Share your input!

Click here to take the public input survey.

Click here to add to the public input map.

Please reach out to Aspen Pflanz at or 515-334-0075 with any questions.

Ways to Get Involved

There are multiple ways for people to get involved in the MPO, including:

Language Assistance Program

The Language Assistance Plan (LAP) seeks to ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to the transportation planning process.

MPO Language Assistance Plan

Translation Services

The Des Moines Area MPO offers translation services to non-English speaking members of the public who wish to participate in the MPO’s public meetings, programs or other planning activities. For more information, click here.