Since 1974, West Central Indiana Economic Development District
(WCIEDD) has served as the designated Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) for the Terre Haute – Vigo County Metropolitan
Planning Area (MPA). Currently the planning area, which encompasses
403.3 sq. miles, includes the City of Terre Haute, Town of West
Terre Haute, Town of Seelyville and both the urbanized and rural
portions of Vigo County.
In 1962, Congress passed legislation that mandated the formation of
MPOs in all urbanized areas with a population greater than 50,000.
The intent of this action was to ensure existing and future federal
expenditures for transportation projects and programs are based on a
continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3-C) planning process
that encourages and promotes the safe and efficient development,
management, and operation of the surface transportation system.
This multimodal transportation network is made up of an integrated
system of roadways, highways, transit facilities and services,
accessible pedestrian walkways, bicycle transportation facilities,
etc. that are designed to meet the mobility needs of people and
freight, foster economic growth and development, and minimize
transportation related fuel consumption and air pollution.
The Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) serves as the top level
policy and decision making body for the MPO. This committee is made
up of elected or appointed local government officials who represent
the five jurisdictions served by the MPO, representatives of various
transportation modes, and representatives of the Indiana Department
of Transportation (INDOT). The MPO staff and representatives of the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) serve as non-voting advisors to the committee.
The Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) also advises the TPC on
technical matters and provides an important link between project
planning and project implementation. The Transportation Advisory
Committee (TAC) and the public are afforded opportunities to provide
input and feedback about programs and projects as part of the TPC
decision making process.
WCIEDD is one of 14 MPOs in the State of Indiana.