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 SMTC is currently updating the 2050 LRTP. The Draft LRTP Update is available for public review and comment through September 2, 2020. Scroll down to access the draft document, a presentation about the LRTP Update process, and opportunities to provide comment.

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 20 plus years.

The 2050 LRTP was amended in December 2018 with an update to Chapter 6: Financial Analysis. The 2050 LRTP replaces the previous 2020 LRTP, which was originally published in 1995 and updated in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2011.

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LRTP Update

Federal legislation requires that the SMTC update the LRTP at least once every 5 years. A draft of the 2020 Update is now available for public review and comment. This update must be adopted by the SMTC Policy Committee by September 30, 2020.

LRTP Draft CoverReview the Draft 2020 Update documents:
View a presentation about the LRTP Update
Download entire document
• Download chapters:
     •  Table of Contents and Executive Summary
     •  Chapter 1: Introduction
     •  Chapter 2: Goals and Objectives
     •  Chapter 3: People, Development Patterns, and the Economy
     •  Chapter 4: Our Transportation System
     •  Chapter 5: Assessment of Future Conditions
     •  Chapter 6: Financial Analysis
     •  Chapter 7: Conclusion and Next Steps
     •  Appendix

Email comments to contactus@smtcmpo.org or use the comment form below. 
        Comments that were received between August 3rd and September 2nd, 2020 will be included in the final document.
Review the May 2020 LRTP Update Newsletter for an overview of the update process.



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