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 comment sought on MPO grant applications

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).

captureEighteen projects are under consideration, ranging from bridges, trails, streetscapes and transit buses to the reconstruction of existing roads and the construction of new roads.

Click here for a complete list of project applications (PDF)

More than $33.5 million in projects have been requested, while less than $13 million in funding is available. The grants through the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the MPO.

The public can find project descriptions and an interactive map (at left) of the 18 projects online and leave comments on the site now through Monday, January 30. Comments can also be shared at a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 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.

2021 STBG Program Applications Scoring Sheet

The scores and public comments will be presented in February to a funding subcommittee of local elected officials, who will make a funding recommendation. The recommendation will be presented to the MPO Policy Committee in March for review and again in April for final approval. Once awarded, the grants will be allocated in federal fiscal year 2021.

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

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.