What’s in the plan?

The updated Sioux Falls MPO 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan will include many elements which build on each other to create a cohesive regional plan. Each of the separate elements answers a key question that guides the process:

  • Guiding Principles, Goals, and Performance Measures: What is the plan trying to achieve?
  • Summary of Public Involvement: How was the public consulted and how did their engagement impact the recommendations?
  • Demographics, Land Use, and Growth Projections: What does the region look like today and how is it expected to change?
  • Existing Transportation System: How do we get around the Sioux Falls area today?
  • Prioritized Recommendations for all transportation modes: What should the region invest in between 2021 and 2045?
  • Future Transportation System Strategies: What else can the region do to prepare for the future?
  • Financially-Constrained Plan: How will we pay for it all?
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What is the Schedule?

The LRTP process kicked off in October 2019. The plan is expected to proceed in several phases, and will conclude with the adoption of the plan in November 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) determines the projects and strategies that help shape a region’s transportation network. It considers all travel modes - including driving, walking, bicycling, transit, rail, and air - to help set priorities for the years 2021-2045. All regions with a population of 50,000 or more are required by the federal government to update their LRTP every five years. The previous plan—Go Sioux Falls 2040—was adopted in 2015. The Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) must adopt an updated plan in late 2020 to meet new requirements, address changes in the transportation system, and consider current goals and objectives. The plan must also be “fiscally constrained,” meaning the projects recommended within the plan should be able to be funded within the plan’s timeline.

The planning process is being led by the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization. A Study Advisory Team that includes representatives from key stakeholder organizations and municipalities is guiding the process. The plan will ultimately be approved through a Citizens Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and the Urbanized Development Commission. A consultant team led by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. with Infrastructure Design Group is working on the plan. Residents, employers, organizations, special interest groups, workers, visitors, agencies, transportation providers, advocacy groups, and others will be engaged throughout to provide input on plan development.

Simply, it’s time to update the plan. The Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted its previous plan—Go Sioux Falls 2040—in 2015. Federal law requires metropolitan areas to update their long-range transportation plan every five years or sooner. In order for future transportation projects in this Metropolitan Planning Area to be eligible for state or federal funding, they must be a part of the adopted Long-Range Transportation Plan. Updating the plan gives the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization an opportunity to revisit its needs and priorities for future transportation system investments. This plan will also address new federal guidance and current goals and objectives.

This plan includes all modes of transportation. Short- and long-term recommendations will be made for auto, bicycle, pedestrian, transit, freight, and air, as well as emerging mobility technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

The Sioux Falls Long-Range Transportation Plan will identify transportation system recommendations for the entire Sioux Falls metropolitan planning area. Some of these may modify the physical environment (change the way streets work or what’s on them), and some may affect policies and future planning. If you live or work within the Sioux Falls area, or simply like to visit, you’ll be touched by the recommendations of this plan.

Check out the Get Involved page for more information on how to join in the process. Provide your input on the plan by navigating to the Contact page, and stay tuned for the online survey in Spring 2020.