Long Range Transportation Plan
The current Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the 2050 LRTP – 2020 Update, which was adopted by the SMTC Policy Committee on September 23, 2020. This is supplemented by an Amendment adopted in February 2022 consisting of a revised Chapter 6 (Financial Analysis) and an addendum to Chapter 4. The LRTP reports on the performance of our transportation system in accordance with the transportation performance management approach to planning and programming specified by the FAST Act. The original 2050 LRTP was adopted in 2015 and amended in December 2018 with an update to the financial analysis. The 2050 LRTP replaced the previous 2020 LRTP, which was originally published in 1995 and updated in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2011.
The LRTP serves as a blueprint that guides the Syracuse Metropolitan Area’s transportation development over a period of at least 20 years. Updated every five years to reflect changing conditions and planning principles, the LRTP is based on projections of growth and travel demand coupled with financial assumptions. The LRTP specifically looks at major urban transportation planning concerns such as complete access to transportation, alternative transportation modes (especially bicycle and pedestrian), the impact of land development on the transportation system, highway traffic congestion, maintenance of the existing infrastructure, and environmental/air quality. Central to the LRTP is the protection of the value of investments already made in the transportation system, while providing resources to pursue innovative solutions to mobility constraints. The LRTP also supports enhancing travel choices and anticipates major projects that will be needed over the next 30 years.
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