In June, the MARC Board of Directors approved the updated population and employment forecasts that were developed by the Technical Forecast Committee. The forecasts are an important part of the current update to Transportation Outlook 2040, our region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
The long-range transportation plan helps guide the region’s federal transportation investments and is updated every five years. MARC, as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, works with local government planners to develop population and employment forecasts for the time-horizon of the long-range plan, as developed to relate to Traffic Analysis Zones for the regional travel demand forecasting model. This guides estimates for transportation system performance and future needs. The forecasts can be integrated into travel demand models and used to project the region’s mobility needs in 2040.
The forecast information will be incorporated into the plan update that is expected to be completed in early 2015.
For information about the updated forecasts, contact Frank Lenk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816/474-4240.