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TrainIn addition to functioning as the Council of Governments for the Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County region, NIRPC is designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Northwest Indiana. As the MPO, NIRPC is responsible for coordinating the region's transportation planning process for the metropolitan area. NIRPC conducts this process in cooperation with regional transportation stakeholders, local public agencies, transit service providers, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and federal highway, transit, and environmental agencies. The primary documents NIRPC produces are the regional transportation plan, transportation improvement program, and unified planning work program.

The regional transportation plan is contained in the NWI 2050+. This document builds on the main themes of NWI 2050, envisioning a connected, renewed, united, and vibrant region. NWI 2050+ takes a deeper dive into several topics of importance to Northwest Indiana, including roadways, transit, freight traffic, active transportation networks, land use patterns, and climate change. The emphasis of the NWI 2050 Plan is for compact growth, reinvestment in the urban core communities along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and focusing investment in livable communities.

As a recipient of federal funds NIRPC is subject to the requirements of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended.

Click here for the Title VI complaint procedures.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued its Certification Review Final Report of how the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC), and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) implement the federal transportation planning process. Please click the following link to view the Report.

This website is hosted by the State of Indiana but NIRPC is an independent unit of local government and is not a State agency. Click here to learn more about NIRPC.