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Rural Long Range Transportation Plan 2015-2040

Maumee Valley Planning Organization is currently developing a rural long range regional transportation plan for Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, and Williams Counties with a horizon year of 2040.  The plan is being funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to review existing transportation conditions and propose improvements.  The plan will be multi-modal and encompass traffic volumes, crashes, road and bridge conditions, rail crossings and train characteristics, environmental issues, recreational trails, population areas including age and environmental justice areas, and other areas pertaining to transportation and planning for the region.


Public Participation: Spring, 2015


MVPO will be holding another series of public meetings in March of 2015 with one meeting in each of the five counties. The purpose of these meetings will be to update the public on Moving Together 2040 as well as to present the identified potential projects that have been prioritized for inclusion in the long range plan. See 'Draft Final Project Rankings' and 'Draft Final Project Rankings Map' to view the documents that will be distributed at each meeting. The doors for each meeting will open at 6 p.m., a presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m., and time for questions will be given at the end of the meeting. See the calendar below for detailed meeting locations and times. If you would like to comment on the draft list and map and are unable to attend a meeting, please use the comment form located on this page or contact MVPO.


Draft Final Project Rankings  

Draft Final Project Rankings Map  


Calendar of upcoming events:




Public Participation: Spring, 2014


MVPO conducted a series of public meetings during the months of April and May as well as a public transportation opinion survey to gather public input about the current transportation system in the MVPO region. Valuable information was obtained from these public participation events and will be used to shape the Moving Together 2040 Rural Long Range Transportation Plan. The results of the transportation opinion survey have been summarized and assessed and a link to the final document is provided below.


Survey Results and Assessment  


The public comment period for MVPO's Public Participation Plan (PPP) has ended. This plan outlines how MVPO will engage the public throughout all transportation planning processes. The PPP outlines MVPO's goals for involving the public and the strategies and techniques for achieving these goals. A link to this plan is provided below:


Public Participation Plan  


MVPO is continually seeking input from residents about transportation in the region. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to submit, please do so using the form below, or residents may contact Ellen Barry by phone at 419-784-3882 or by email at  Residents can also mail comments and questions to:

Maumee Valley Planning Organization
1300 E. Second Street Suite 200
Defiance, Ohio 43512  

Please submit all comments here.



Coordination of Rural Transportation Services in Northwest Ohio

MVPO hosted a meeting with the ODOT Office of Transit on Tuesday, December 10th about the concepts of coordination and mobility management in rural Ohio. ODOT stressed the importance of these strategies in taking a proactive approach to improve transportation services and how a coordinated transportation plan can make a region or county eligible for more federal funding.  Notes were given on how to begin the creation of a coordinated plan and how mobility management supports coordination. Provided below are links to the resources mentioned during the presentation, the list of meeting attendees and the power point presentation given by David Walker of ODOT.


Office of Transit Presentation

Defiance Roundtable Attendees


ODOT: Office of Transit  

Federal Transit Administration

National Center for Mobility Management

Cost Sharing Model (Scroll Down to Publications)

United We Ride & the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility



Regional Transportation Planning Organization Pilot Program

In the spring of 2013, MVPO was chosen by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to form a Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for a two year pilot program. Previous to this formation, ODOT had been informally meeting with local elected officials in the rural areas to carry out statewide planning. However, they wanted to formalize and strengthen this rural consultation and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) act provided the framework for states to develop RTPO's in order to do this. Through this program, MVPO will: develop a long range transportation plan, develop transportation planning expertise, and conduct interagency consultation as well as stakeholder outreach.



Ohio's Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan

ODOT is updating Ohio’s Statewide Transportation Plan, Access Ohio 2040. This plan is important to Ohio’s future, as it will set the stage for ODOT’s transportation policies and investment strategies for the coming years. This is an update to the previous plan, Access Ohio 2030, which was released in 2004. ODOT will be finalizing the plan update in the summer of 2013. Access Ohio 2040 will help to ensure that we meet our mission, “to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place.”


The public will be given multiple opportunities over the next year to provide input into the development of Access Ohio 2040. In addition to providing comments on the website, the public also can take the ODOT Customer Preferences Survey. For all the latest documents produced as part of Access Ohio 2040, please visit the Access Ohio Official Website by clicking the link shown above.


Click the image shown below for the opportunity to provide your input about Ohio's Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan.