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Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) leads the development of the statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) that looks ahead 20 years and establishes multimodal strategic directions for Pennsylvania's transportation network. The planning team reviews current and future transportation trends along with national planning factors established by federal funding laws.

How is the Plan Used?

The final goals and objectives guide state and regional planning and project programming processes such as:

  • PennDOT's 12-Year Program (TYP), which includes a fiscally constrained list of funded projects that will be delivered over the next 12 years; and
  • Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization LRTPs, which also cover a 20-year planning horizon.

Successful implementation is tracked through the biennial Transportation Performance Report, which measures progress on the state of the multimodal transportation system.

How to Get Involved

The 2045 Plan Update is currently in progress and the public comment period will be open for 30 days beginning on September 20. More details and a link to the draft plan will be posted here when the comment period begins.

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To get involved in the regional LRTP updates, contact your local MPO or RPO representative.

Pennsylvania Transportation Planning Process

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  1. Planning Phase: Sets direction and includes the 20-year Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) that is updated every six to 10 years.
    1. Common questions and focal points:
      • Where do we want to go? Goals, objectives, measures
      • How are we going to get there? Implementation strategies, policies, priorities, functional plans, MPO/RPO LRTPs
      • What are functional plans? Funding, modal focus, address trends and issues
  2. Programming Phase: Prioritizes projects and includes the 12-Year Program (TYP)
    1. Common questions and focal points:
      • How can we best use available funding?
      • List funded projects for a 12-year period
      • First four-year period is the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
      • STIP compiles MPO/RPO Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP)
  3. Performance Measurement Phase: Measures progress and includes the Transportation Performance Report (TPR), which is updated in odd-numbered years
    1. Common questions and focal points:
      • How did we do? Monitor, report, evaluate
      • Where do measures come from? State and Federal Requirements
      • What do we measure? Safety, mobility, accountability, funding, preservation

With the help of public input, all phases lead to functional plans in each transportation sector: pedestrian and bike, highway and bridge, railway and freight, and aviation.