Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Region 1 Planning Council (RPC) is responsible for developing the regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), sometimes referred to as the long-range transportation plan (LRTP.) This plan addresses the transportation system in Boone County, Winnebago County, and northern Ogle County, providing an innovative and sustainable framework for the region’s transportation network over the next 20 – 30 years. The purpose of this plan is to identify the region’s transportation vision, strategies, and priorities for the transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, freight, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Why do we do a Metropolitan Transportation Plan?

As a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Rockford Region, RPC is required to conduct a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process that results in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, as well as the short-range plan known as the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

These two documents make projects within the region eligible to receive Federal and State transportation funding to improve, maintain, and expand the multimodal transportation network within the metropolitan planning area.

The current MTP, titled Transportation for Tomorrow (2040): A Long Range Transportation Plan for the Rockford Region, was last adopted by the MPO Policy Committee in July 2015.


2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Work has begun on the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Updates on the progress of the plan will be posted below!

What if we imagined our future differently?

As a part of the update to the MTP, Region 1 Planning Council has developed five scenarios on what the region's transportation network could look like in 2050. These scenarios are not meant to be either-or choices. Our future will likely be a combination of all of these scenarios. The scenarios will help us understand how the transportation decisions we make today about how we grow could effect our economy, environment, and community in the future.

Details on the scenarios can be found in the links provided below:

So, what will the future look like in the year 2050? Take the survey (approximately 5 minutes), and tell us how you see the future of the Rockford Region.


Public engagement is central to the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan update process and we are committed to engaging the public and stakeholders in a variety of ways.

Upcoming Events

Join us at the following locations/events to learn more about the 2050 MTP process and the possible scenarios for the region’s future:

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019: SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, 200 Y Blvd, Rockford (4:30 - 6:30 PM)

  • Friday, August 23, 2019: HCC Farmers’ Market, 1240 S Alpine Rd, Rockford (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019: Midtown Market, 501 7th St., Rockford (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

  • Monday, August 26, 2019: YWCA Northwestern Illinois, 4990 E State St, Rockford (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

  • Friday, August 30, 2019: Rockford City Market, Water St &, Market St, Rockford (3:30 - 8:00 PM)

  • Sunday, September 8, 2019: Cycle on 2nd, 324 N Madison St, Rockford (8:00 to 11:00 AM)

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019: MercyHealth Sportscore Two, 8800 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park (4:30 - 7:00 PM)

Stay Involved

If you want to stay informed on the progress of the 2050 MTP, sign up for our mailing list.

Public Engagement


Additional materials related to the 2050 MTP planning process can be found in the links provided below.

Transportation Needs & Priorities Survey: Analysis Report

Transportation Needs & Priorities: Engagement Summary Report

Supporting Documents