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 MTP 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 August of 2020 and covers the period 2020 - 2045. 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.
2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
The 2045 MTP document can be downloaded through clicking here. Appendices are available below.