Long Range Plan
The Long Range Plan (LRP) is the core document of the transportation planning process, and it serves to guide all federally-funded investments for planning programs and capital projects for the region’s surface transportation system. Issues and opportunities identified within the LRP are pursued through execution of A/GFTC’s Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Federal transportation legislation requires MPOs like A/GFTC to update the LRP every five years. This allows the opportunity to refine data collection and reassess goals, progress, and include emerging trends in the region. The Long Range Plan for 2035 was adopted by the Policy Committee on November 12, 2013. It contains demographic and survey summaries, infrastructure and condition inventories, goals, objectives, and planning principles, and a financial forecast. Public input, consultation with resource agencies, and committee involvement were also used to prepare the LRP.
Based upon current funding levels, it is anticipated that the federal transportation program will leverage approximately $725 million dollars in capital and planning projects in the A/GFTC area between now and 2035, a total that is well short of the two billion dollars that is forecasted to be required for surface transportation system preservation alone during that time. The core challenge of our process will be the continued implementation of meaningful capital improvements in the face of overwhelming system maintenance needs.