Long-Range Transportation Plan
The basis of all transportation planning in the region is its Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Plan lays out a vision for the development of the region's transportation system over thirty-year period, including all modes and users. (The LRTP covers pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, transit riders, and freight.) For a transportation project to be included in the Transportation Improvement Program and thus receive federal funds, it must be consistent with the LRTP. While the LRTP is not a budgetary document, only transportation projects that can be reasonably funded may be included in the LRTP. (The LRTP is required to be fiscally constrained over its lifespan.)
The LRTP consists of four major sections:
- Major improvements supported by the region (summary table)
- Financing of all transportation projects, including major improvements and preservation and minor upgrade activities
- Snapshot of the region's transportation users
- Snapshot of the region's transportation system
The LRTP is constructed around four core principles. It is the intent of the Plan and the policy of CCRPA that investment in the region's transportation system reflect these principles. They are given below:
- Safety. Investment should prevent accidents and save lives. Given the high economic and human cost of disability and death, maintaining and improving safety in the transportation system is essential.
- Nature. Investment should protect and, where possible, enhance the environment. An intact environment is key to all human activity. To maintain the region’s wellbeing, the transportation system must respect the environment.
- Access. Investment should help people get where they need to be. Residents, workers, and visitors to the region live, work, learn, and play in diverse places. To help them get there, the transportation system must provide them with a high level of proximity and, where that fails, mobility.
- Place. Investment should make vibrant places. Lively downtowns and village centers are integral to the social, economic, and environmental health of the region. Many of these areas have fallen on hard times, in part due to poor investments. To redress this, the transportation system must contribute to making these places unique, vibrant places.
The LRTP is a living document. As with all of its planning activities, CCRPA strives to involve a diverse and representative group of stakeholders in the development and ongoing evolution of the LRTP. The Agency's most recent LRTP was adopted in 2011; it has been amended several times since then. (The LRTP is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in transportation system conditions, uses, and needs.)