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What We Do

The Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Newark Ohio urbanized area and conducts a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive multimodal urban transportation planning process.

An MPO must conduct a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3-C) urban transportation planning process that results in plans and programs that consider all transportation modes and supports metropolitan community development and social goals. These plans and programs shall lead to the development and operation of an integrated, inter-and intra-modal transportationsystem that facilitates the efficient, economic movement of people and goods


The main goal of LCATS is to utilize federal transportation funds that are available to the area to produce the most efficient transportation system possible. These funds can be used for studies, projects and improvements, including federal-aid roadways, bridges, transit and enhancement projects. Ensure the transportation system in Licking County supports and encourages appropriate economic development and social activities, while maximizing the efficient use of our natural and human resources and minimizing adverse impacts upon the natural and built environments.


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The Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS) worked with public and local technical stakeholders to develop a Multiuse Trail Plan for Licking County.

The intent of the plan is to develop a cohesive network of trails that connect communities. The public is invited to view the completed plan. The plan is available for viewing online at

And also available in person at: Licking County Planning Office,20 South 2nd Street – 1st floor, Newark, Ohio 43055 or the Newark Public Library 101 West Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055.


Transportation Plan - The formal MPO planning document describing the transportation policies, programs, and projects needed to facilitate the efficient movement of persons and goods within and through the region for 20 years into the future. Plan development includes consideration of the interrelationships among transportation systems, land use, and the social, economic, and natural environments. The plan must address all transportation modes, and be fiscally constrained. Transportation Plans in air quality areas must also demonstrate transportation conformity with the official State plan for meeting and maintaining national air quality standards.


How do you find us?

We are located in the city of Newark,Ohio next to the courthouse


Licking County Area Transportation Study



20 S Second St Newark, Ohio 43055


+ 740-670-5200


+ 740-670-5197