After two years of significant collaboration among the participants of the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Plan Organization (MPO), Go Sioux Falls, the MPO’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan, received approval on November 19, 2015. An MPO is required by federal law for all urbanized areas in the United States with populations of more than 50,000 persons and is responsible for area transportation planning and programming activities. The MPO process establishes a continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative framework for making transportation investment decisions in metropolitan areas.
Go Sioux Falls established goals and priorities to guide how future transportation investments are made to help shape the region’s transportation network through the year 2040. It considers all modes of transportation to help set priorities for the future including driving, walking, bicycling, transit, rail, and air.
Development of Go Sioux Falls included considerable public involvement efforts, beginning in 2014 with a market research study, including a statistically valid survey of the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). The Market Research Study is available on the MPO’s website www.siouxfallsmpo.org. Public involvement efforts continued in 2015 with public meetings, stakeholder meetings, an online interactive survey, a survey of underserved populations, public hearings and a project website www.gosiouxfalls.org.
Go Sioux Falls is available for review on the project website www.gosiouxfalls.org and on the MPO’s website www.siouxfallsmpo.org. Thank you to everyone who participated in the collaborative efforts to complete this plan!