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 for feedback on regional Transportation Improvement Plans

The public is invited to an online public input meeting to provide feedback on the draft Federal Fiscal Years 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Programs (FFY 2021-2024 TIPs) for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance (CIRTPA).

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and can be joined by computer, tablet, or smartphone at You can also dial in using your phone at 224-501-3412, access code 565-157-213.

The TIPs contain four years of projects that the member governments of the MPO and CIRTPA plan to implementing using federal transportation dollars. The TIPs are the programming documents for all surface transportation projects that receive federal funds, including street and highway, transit, rail, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in the MPO and CIRTPA Planning Area Boundaries.

The MPO and CIRTPA updates the TIPs annually and at member governments’ request. The MPO and CIRTPA informs the public as to what member governments’ and participating agencies’ intentions are regarding these projects and the use of these federal dollars.

The MPO and CIRTPA will host the public input meeting using the open forum format to encourage the meeting attendees to express their views, to share their opinions, and to ask their questions regarding the proposed projects. One may share their opinion with the MPO and CIRTPA staff in two ways: 1) orally through the online meeting; or, 2) by submitting written comments to the MPO or CIRTPA before the June 24, 2020, meeting but prior to the close of the comment period on July 11, 2020 for the MPO and July 15, 2020 for CIRTPA.

The FFY 2021-2024 Draft TIPs are viewable on the MPO and CIRTPA websites, (direct link) and (direct link), or one may request a paper copy at (515)-334-0075 or

Public asked for feedback on illustrative projects for region’s long-range transportation plan

Residents of Greater Des Moines are invited to give their feedback on a draft appendix of 11 illustrative projects being added to the region’s recently adopted long-range transportation plan, Mobilizing Tomorrow.

Click here to review and comment on the projects using an online interactive map.

Illustrative projects have no funding currently identified for them. However, the illustrative projects are being added to the long-range transportation the plan to show the public what possible improvements could be made to the region’s transportation network in the future.

The 11 illustrative projects range from trail connections to new highways. Click here for the full list. Notable examples include: 

  • A Northeast Beltway from Interstate Highway 80 / U.S. Highway 65 to Interstate Highway 35.
  • A Southwest Bypass from Interstate Highway 80 to Veterans Parkway / Interstate Highway 35.
  • A North-South Metro Connector from Interstate Highway 235 to Highway 415.

The 11 illustrative projects would cost an estimated $1.4 billion dollars. That would be in addition to the approximately $600 million in projects that cities, counties, and transit agencies of the metropolitan planning area are planning to invest over the next 30 years. 

The public can review the projects and leave comments now through August 14, 2020, using an interactive online map on the MPO’s website. Comments can also be shared at an online public meeting 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, via Zoom. Click here to register. Comments can also be shared with MPO staff by calling 515-334-0075 or emailing

The MPO will review all public comments and revise the appendix as needed. The appendix will go before the MPO Policy Committee for final adoption in August.

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 2015

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.