Long Range Transportation Plan

Preparing for the Greater Syracuse Metropolitan Area’s transportation future involves careful planning. How does transportation affect our air quality? What is the condition of our roads and bridges? What kinds of facilities and services are needed to support planned growth or improve the safety of our transportation system? These are just some of the questions addressed by the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). 

The LRTP serves as a blueprint that guides the Syracuse Metropolitan Area’s transportation development over a period of at least 20 LRTP Draft Coveryears. 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.

The current LRTP is the 2050 LRTP – 2020 Update, which was adopted by the SMTC Policy Committee in September 2020. 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.

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