Metropolitan Transportation Plan  (MTP)

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Among other activities, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) oversees the update every five years of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The purpose of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is to coordinate the direction of development of the various transportation systems. Transportation improvements are expensive and take considerable time to produce. Consequently, a great deal of care needs to be taken to make sure they are correctly made. The LRTP also coordinates different transportation modes, so that, for example, ports are supported by roads and rail to allow transfer of freight.

The most recent update was adopted in February of 2016 and covers the period 2015 - 2040. The MTP evaluates various transportation facilities, projects future demand and identifies projects that will be necessary to meet the demands on the transportation system.

The MTP includes updates of transportation demand data, including model runs to predict traffic volumes and “Levels of Service” (LOS) on various roads, an analysis of various projects and projections of how such projects might affect future Levels of Service, and an analysis of the capacity to pay for the various projects.

Just as the MTP is based on expectations for future changes in land use patterns and density, land use planning is based in part on the planned improvements to the transportation system. The MTP also provides input to the more detailed plans of the County, by helping to project the future functional classification of particular roads so that the correct amount of right-of-way can be preserved in advance.

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The entire document can be downloaded through clicking here, or individual chapters are available below.

Chapter 1: Introduction includes information regarding:
  • The Long Range Transportation Plan/Metropolitan Transportation Plan
  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP21), and
  • Federal, State and MPO Coordination
Chapter 2: Planning Context includes information regarding:
  • The MTP Framework
  • Goals and Objectives, and
  • Planning Focus Areas
Chapter 3: People, Places, and Travel Trends includes information regarding:
  • Population and Employment
  • Socioeconomic Projections
  • Environmental Justice, and
  • Transportation and Land Use
Chapter 4: Plan Development includes information regarding:
  • Public Participation
  • Cost Feasible Plan
  • Non-Motorized (Bicycle and Pedestrian) Transportation
  • Public Transportation, and
  • Other Transportation Modes
Chapter 5: Freight and Intermodal Transportation includes information regarding:
  • Existing Freight Conditions
  • Freight Needs Assessment, and
  • Freight and Goods Movement Improvements
Appendix A: Socioeconomic Data contains information regarding:
  • BATS 2010 SE Data Memo, and
  • BATS Future SDE Data Memo
Appendix B: Public Participation contains information regarding:
  • BATS 2040 MTP Public Participation Plan
  • Public Participation Survey Questions/Results
  • Stakeholder Interview Questions/Responses/Notes, and
  • MTP Presentations

Appendix C: Performance Measures

  contains information regarding: