2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update

Metro 2050 is the region’s 5-year update to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) that will guide transportation investments through 2050.  



Join us for our second round of engagement for the Metro 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan update!





Project Updates:


The project team has continued the update of the MTP through the Spring of 2024. Efforts have focused on developing regional goals and potential projects using existing conditions analysis and community feedback.  Watch the following video to learn more about recent activities.

We need your input as we continue to analyze future projects and program them for implementation.  Join the conversation to share your priorities and project ideas. Check out the “Get Involved” tab to learn how to engage.  

Project Background & Objective:


The MTP sets out to evaluate transportation-related needs and priorities in the region, adapt to population shifts, review policy direction, adjust for new legislation & guidance, and address other changes affecting the region. Developing and implementing the MTP is one of the most important responsibilities of Metro COG as a Metropolitan Planning Organization. In coordination with regional and local planning efforts, the MTP will move the entire Metro COG region toward a unified transportation vision. 

The 2020 Census estimates a Fargo Moorhead Urbanized Area population of 216,214 residents. The United States Department of Transportation has designated regions with over 200,000 residents as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). This TMA designation changes how federal transportation funds flow to the Fargo Moorhead region. This allows Metro COG and local jurisdictions more responsibility in prioritizing and selecting transportation projects for federal funding. Metro 2050 will reflect this new responsibility and changes to financial projections associated with the TMA designation. Continued regional growth presents both challenges and opportunities for the multimodal transportation system, as the region’s population is forecast to reach 357,322 residents by 2050. 


Through Metro 2050, transportation infrastructure and policy coordination are critical for accommodating this projected growth.