Connections 2045: The Waco Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Every five years, the MPO is required by federal law to adopt a long-range regional transportation plan for the Waco region.  Connections 2045: The Waco Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) will outline broad transportation needs for the Waco Metropolitan area through the year 2045 and serve as the blueprint from which mobility projects to address those needs are developed.  Development of this plan is underway and expected to conclude with plan adoption in January 2020.

The MPO Policy Board will be considering adoption of the MTP at their meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020.  The meeting will be held at the South Waco Community Center at 2815 Speight Ave in Waco.  The MPO will conduct a formal public hearing immediately prior to action for the MTP to allow persons to address the Board concerning the draft plan.  Please call 254.750.5650 to sign up to make comments during this Policy Board meeting.

VIDEO: Watch a presentation on the Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) (closed captioning available)

2045 MTP Overview
2045 MTP Display Maps       

View or Download a Draft of Connections 2045: The Waco Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP):
Cover and Table of Contents
Section 1 (Draft) -- Introduction; Section 1 Maps
Section 2 (Draft) -- Guiding Principles
Section 3 (Draft) -- Geography and Demographics; Section 3 Maps 3.1 to 3.8 and 3.9 through 3.18
Section 4 (Draft) -- Modal Inventory; Section 4 Maps
Section 5 (Draft) -- Needs and Gap AnalysisSection 5 Maps
Section 6 (Draft) -- Revenue Forecasts
Section 7 (Draft) -- RecommendationsSection 7 Maps
Section 8 (Draft) -- Public Involvement
Appendix A (Draft) -- Policy Board / Technical Committee Members
Appendix B (Draft) -- Project Evaluation Criteria

Connections 2040: The Waco Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Connections 2040 outlines future transportation needs for the Waco area and identifies priority projects to address those needs. The MTP is fiscally constrained to only include those projects than can be realistically funded by the year 2040.  Connections 2040 was adopted January 27, 2015.

Coverpage, Table of Contents, Sections 1-3

Section 4 -- Geography and Demographics
        Section 4 (Environmental Justice analysis begins on page 13)
        Maps 4.1-4.9 (Land Use, Population and Employment)
        Maps 4.10-4.18  (Includes Environmental Justice)

Section 5 -- Modal Inventory
        Section 5
        Maps 5.1-5.5
        Maps 5.6-5.11

Section 6 -- Needs and Gap Analysis
        Section 6

Section 7 -- Needs and Gap Analysis 
         Revenue Forecasts

Section 8 -- Recommendations
        Section 8 and Environmental Mitigation, Maps 8.1-8.2
        Maps 8.3-8.8

Section 9 -- Public Involvement & Appendix A & B
        Section 9, Appendix A & Appendix B 

        Amendment 1  Adopted June 23, 2016
        Amendment 2  Adopted December 14, 2017
        Amendment 3  Adopted June 21, 2018
        Amendment 4  Adopted October 18, 2018  

Transportation Improvement Program

The 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies transportation projects for which funds have been committed thus authorizing engineering studies, right of way acquisition, construction, or project implementation between fiscal years 2019 and 2022.  All projects using federal highway or public transportation funds must be identified within the TIP.  All projects identified in the TIP must have a formal commitment for all necessary funding from some source during the TIP timeframe.

2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)    

To view earlier versions of the TIP, please contact the MPO at 254-750-5650 or        

Waco Thoroughfare Plan

The MPO developed a thoroughfare plan in 2012 to help preserve highway corridors for development up to 50 years into the future. The plan is intended to assist in the identification of projects for future MTPs.

Master Thoroughfare Plan, July 2012
Master Thoroughfare Plan, Roadway Design Guideline
Preferred Alternate Network -- McLennan County (Map)
Preferred Alternate Area Types (Map)
Preferred Alternate Network -- Waco Urban Area (Map)     

Limited English Proficiency Plan

A Limited English Proficiency Plan has been prepared to address the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) responsibilities as a recipient of federal financial assistance as they relate to the needs of individuals with limited English proficiency language skills. The plan has been prepared in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC 2000d, et seq., and its implementing regulations, which state that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.

The Waco MPO has developed this plan to help identify reasonable steps for providing language assistance to persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) who wish to participate within the transportation planning process. As defined within Executive Order 13166, LEP persons are those who do not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English. This plan outlines how to identify a person who may need language assistance, the ways in which assistance may be provided, staff training that may be required and how to notify LEP persons that assistance is available.

Waco MPO LEP Plan
Plan de Pericia de Ingles Limitado

Limited English Proficiency Plan Brochure
El Folleto del Plano de Competencia de Ingles Limitado          

Public Participation Plan

The Waco MPO Public Participation Plan (PPP) describes the efforts the MPO will undertake to solicit stakeholder and other interested party's involvement in the development of the MPO's plans and programs. In addition, the PPP also describes the opportunities the public will have to participate in the transportation planning process.

Download or View the Public Participation Plan for the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization

Unified Planning Work Program

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) serves as the operating budget for the Waco MPO and identifies the work tasks intended to be accomplished and the estimated costs to complete these tasks.

Download or View the 2020-2021 UPWP

Active Transportation Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) was adopted by the Policy Board on July 18, 2019 (Resolution 2019-5). The purpose of the ATP is to identify policies, programs, and infrastructure projects to support non-motorized modes as a viable transportation option for shorter trip purposes. The plan adds value to the regional transportation planning process by: 1) Serving as a resource for member governments to incorporate bicycle and pedestrian elements into roadway construction and maintenance; 2) Providing a menu of potential best practices, policies, outreach and educational activities to promote walking, rolling, and biking; and 3) Identifying regionally significant priorities for potential inclusion into the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and for federal or state funding eligibility.

Download or View the Active Transportation Plan

Planning Studies

Waco Area Rapid Transit Corridor Feasibility Study

Waco Transit System and the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) conducted the Waco Area Rapid Transit Corridor Feasibility Study to investigate, analyze, and determine the feasibility of developing a rapid transit corridor for citizens of Waco and surrounding communities.  The purpose for implementing a rapid transit corridor is to offer residents enhanced mobility and to provide improved access to jobs, social services, and educational facilities.  This study was adopted by the MPO Policy Board on April 19, 2018 and the Waco City Council on May 1, 2018.

Waco Area Rapid Transit Corridor Feasibility Study 
Waco RTC Feasibility Study Website

McLennan County Transit Need Study

As the Urban and Rural areas of McLennan County continue to change so do the transportation needs of its residents. To evaluate the needs of McLennan County residents and those who travel through the County, the Waco MPO in partnership with Waco Transit conducted a Human Services Public Transportation Needs Study. The purpose of the study is to ensure the provision of public transportation services is meeting the needs of the County to fullest extent possible, especially for individuals with limited transportation options due to disabilities, age or income status. The study will help the Waco MPO and Waco Transit take the necessary steps to plan for the current and future public transportation needs of the County and the Region.  The Transit Need Study was adopted by the MPO Policy Board on June 21, 2018.

McLennan County Transit Need Study   
Appendix A-N     

US Business 77 Corridor Study

The US Business 77 Corridor Study covers the state highway facility known as US Business 77 within McLennan County, Texas. The extent of this study covers this facility between the Brazos River and the Interstate Highway 35 interchange at mile marker 342, just south of the Village of Elm Mott. Portions of this facility are also known as LaSalle Avenue, South Loop Drive, North Loop Drive, Dallas Highway and Lacy Drive.  The MPO studied whether the US Business 77 roadway facility can be reconstructed such that the number of lanes and structures along the corridor can be reduced, thereby reducing the long-term maintenance costs of this facility. In addition, the MPO considered design alternatives that may serve as a catalyst for economic redevelopment of the neighborhoods along the corridor.  This study was adopted by the MPO Policy Board on November 3, 2016.

US Business 77 Corridor Study 
Public Meeting Handout