The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) emphasizes the important link between land use and transportation. In short, land use and development patterns affect the distances individuals must drive to employment, retail sites and services and affect the mode of transportation that individuals take to reach their destinations. In an effort to better coordinate land use and transportation planning in the region, MRMPO encourages local jurisdictions working on all levels of land use plans, such as comprehensive plans, area plans, sector plans, or station area plans to contact us to discuss the coordination of plans to ensure they are consistent with one another.
Upon request, we can provide data for use in the development of local plans and can provide comments and guidance on transportation-related objectives and strategies.
The scenario planning process, undertaken as a part of the Futures 2040 MTP development, was a major regional effort that considered land use and transportation planning together.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology's Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index provides a more comprehensive way of thinking about the cost of housing and true affordability. The Index is the only tool of its kind that examines transportation costs at a neighborhood level. It allows users to view housing and transportation data as maps, charts, and statistics for nearly 900 metropolitan and micropolitan areas, covering 89 percent of the US population.
The Index shows that transportation costs vary between and within regions depending on neighborhood characteristics. People who live in location-efficient neighborhoods - compact, mixed use, and with convenient access to jobs, services, transit, and amenities - tend to have lower transportation costs. People who live in location inefficient places that require automobiles for most trips are more likely to have high transportation costs.
The traditional measure of affordability recommends that housing cost no more than 30 percent of income. Under this view, three out of four (76 percent) US neighborhoods are considered "affordable" to the typical household. However, that benchmark ignores transportation costs, which are typically a household's second largest expenditure. The H+T Index offers an expanded view of affordability, one that combines housing and transportation costs and sets the benchmark at no more than 45 percent of household income. Under this view, the number of affordable neighborhoods drops to 28 percent, resulting in a net loss of 86,000 neighborhoods that Americans can truly afford.