Long Range Transportation Planning

Where do projects begin?

The public, community leaders and transportation stakeholders share ideas for new projects or improvements to existing transportation facilities with the Metropolitan and Regional Planning Organizations. With this information, each Pennsylvania Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for developing a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). A long range plan is a document that sets the regional vision for long range planning over the next 20 years. As part of the plan preparation process, the MPO considers the population characteristics, land use, the environment and the economy, and outlines the transportation investments that are needed to support the region’s goals. Public participation is an important component of the LRTP process. The MPO holds community meetings to help identify needs and prioritize transportation projects.

The Long Range Transportation Planning process has many stages including ideas, MPO vision, project plan and construction.

Why do you develop a long range plan?

The federal government requires MPOs to prepare an LRTP in order to receive federal funding for transportation projects. The LRTP includes a list of transportation projects that must be fiscally constrained and based on the amount of funding the MPO expects to receive over the next 20 years. The LRTP is updated every 4-5 years to reflect new data and any changes to regional priorities for transportation investment.

How does it connect with the TYP?

This list of projects is updated and refined as part of the planning process for the four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and adopted as part of the 12-Year Program. In order for a project to be placed on the TYP or TIP, it should align with the regional vision of the Long Range Transportation Plan.

How can I participate?

Please visit our Planning Partners page to find your MPO, and please participate in your region’s next LRTP update by attending public meetings and sharing your voice.

In order for a project to be placed on the TIP or TYP, it needs to align with the future vision of the region's Long Range Transportation Plan.