OKI is Planning the Future of the Region’s Transportation System

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We are living in one of the most intriguing times for transportation. Technology is driving us toward a new mobility landscape.

The marriage of these two sectors has given rise to the driverless car.

Automobiles reshaped our world in the twentieth century. Autonomous vehicles will transform it in the twenty-first.

OKI is planning accordingly, melding evolving technologies into our mission, knowing that smart cars — smart vans, trucks, buses and semis — will require smart infrastructure.

A healthy transportation system has long been a driving force behind our region’s quality of life and economic prosperity. It is a diverse, well-developed one for moving people and goods. Broadly speaking, the system’s efficiency affects the entire economy.

In this spirit, we have developed the 2050 OKI Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Its vision: to develop innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support the goals and economy of the Greater Cincinnati area.

Under the 2050 Plan, the system will continue to be reliable, flexible and affordable, connecting people safely to one another, to their workplaces, to the institutions that matter to them and to the services on which they depend.

It also lays the foundation for a transportation system that increasingly relies on system management, operations, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and a system that includes connected and autonomous vehicles.

These principles will usher in an era of enhanced mobility, safety and efficiency for moving people and goods. Using best practices, a strategic mix of traditional and technology-based projects will allow the region to compete successfully in the global economy.

About the Plan Update

The 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update is a comprehensive blueprint projecting the transportation needs of the OKI region area for the next 25 years. The Plan Update includes revisions due to technology, infrastructure, environment and fiduciary changes, You can view the original 2050 Plan which was approved in 2020.

The OKI region includes eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Want to learn more about the 2050 Plan Update?

Attend or review a 2050 Plan Update presentation
Presentations about the 2050 Plan Update to the OKI Board. Board meetings are open to the public.

May 2023
Background, Goals, Timeline

OKI Region Populations Trends

Sept. 2023
Demographics Existing & Future Conditions: Households & Employment

Oct. 2023
Community Outreach; Performance Measures Existing & Future Conditions: Congestions & Safety

Nov. 2023
Prioritization Process & Scenario Planning

Feb. 2024
Fiscal Constraint, Draft Project List

March 2024
Environmental Consultations, Conformity

May 2024
2050 Survey Results Analysis

June 2024
Final Plan & Adoption

How you can make your voice heard

Have some ideas for the region’s roads and transportation? Let us know. (Survey is closed). View the 2050 Plan Update Survey Results Summary.

Public Review and Comments Period
Opportunities for the public to review and provide comments for the Plan’s draft project list.

Attend or review a 2050 Plan Update presentation
Presentations about the 2050 Plan Update to the OKI Board. Board meetings are open to the public.

Public Meeting
OKI is accepting public input during a Public Meeting on the Plan Update and draft project list.

2050 Email list
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2050 Plan Goals


The transportation system should work to reduce the risk of crashes that cause death or injuries. The plan will consider recommendations to address problem crash locations for all travel modes, with the goal of reducing vehicle accidents.

Infrastructure Condition

This plan’s foundation is preserving and optimizing the region’s existing transportation system and infrastructure. In addition to improvement projects to meet this goal, the 2050 Plan includes a roadway maintenance and transit operation budget of more than $8.8 billion.

Mobility and Congestion

This goal can also be referred to as System Performance or how well people and commodities can move with greater speed and less congestion to improve efficiency.

Environmental Sustainability

Strategies that promote the effective and efficient use of natural resources would reduce mobile source emissions, and they would benefit other environmental issues and quality of life. Transportation recommendations that increase green infrastructure and promote multimodal travel alternatives while reducing vehicle trips can help address this goal.

Economic Vitality

In addition to the four performance goals presented in MAP-21 and continued in both the FAST Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), OKI has added a fifth goal of Economic Vitality. The transportation network can support the economic vitality of the region by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency.

Federal Requirements

Coordination with Federal Transportation Planning Requirements
This plan complies with statewide and metropolitan transportation planning regulations requiring and governing the development of transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas. These regulations have been issued by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Following Federal Legislation
Current Federal Legislation

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act — December 2015

Significant continuing provisions of the FAST Act are that the Plan must:

  • be prepared and updated every four years in nonattainment areas and areas that were nonattainment and are now under a maintenance plan
  • cover a minimum 20-year planning horizon with air quality conformity and fiscal constraint
  • include a congestion management process
  • ensure that public involvement remains a hallmark of the metropolitan planning process
  • include a discussion of types of potential environmental mitigation activities collected through an environmental consultation process
  • support safe and efficient movement of people and goods using multiple travel modes
  • include projects as a prerequisite for federal funding eligibility
  • contain a description of the performance measures and targets used in assessing the transportation system
  • be amended following Public Hearing and OKI Board of Directors/Executive Committee approval, as needed
Address the Ten Metropolitan Planning Factors
  • Economic Vitality
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Accessibility and Mobility Options
  • Environmental Protection, Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • System Integration and Connectivity
  • Efficient System Management and Operations
  • Preservation of the Existing System
  • Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reduce or mitigate stormwater impacts of surface transportation
  • Enhance travel and tourism

Summary of Progress Made Since 2020

In addition to noting the changes in federal requirements made over time to the Plan, it is important to projects that have been completed since the 2020 update. Projects awarded since July 2020 illustrate the broad range of transportation plans and projects that affect residents, businesses and workers in the region. The list also highlights the number of transportation needs within our region and that the plan will address.


The 2050 Plan Update is a yearlong process and expected to be completed in June 2024, when it will be presented for approval to the OKI Board of Directors.

Where we are now and where we are headed …

The following is a projected calendar, and is subject to change:

January 17, 2024 — Environmental Consultations
Experts convene and review draft project list and lookout for any environmental concerns. This could include land use, streams and rivers, water and sewer systems and wildlife habitat.

February 12, 2024 — Draft List of Projects posted to the website

February 29,  2024 — End of Comment period on Draft List

March 2024 — OKI shares draft project list with Intermodal Coordinating Committee (ICC) members and OKI Executive Board to review it once more. Members have until March 20 to provide their feedback.

March 2024 — OKI’s Transportation Modeling staff begins modeling impacts that projects in the draft list will have on future travel demand, congestion management, air quality, etc. This can take up to four weeks.

A 30 day period for public comments May-June 2024 — Opportunities for the public to review and provide comments for the Plan’s proposals and project list.

June 10, 2024 — OKI will host a public meeting to accept comments.

June 11, 2024 — The OKI 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update is presented to members at the ICC meeting.

June 13, 2024 —The OKI 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update is presented to the OKI Board of Directors for adoption.

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