Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
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
Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) as it prepared the 2004 Update to its 2020 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
The LRTP serves as a blueprint that guides the Syracuse Metropolitan Area's transportation development over a 25-year period. Updated every three years to reflect changing conditions and new 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
as environmental/air quality; complete access to transportation; alternative transportation modes (especially bicycle and pedestrian), the impact of land development on the transportation system; highway traffic congestion; and maintenance of the existing infrastructure.
In January 1995, the SMTC published the 2020 Long-Range Transportation Plan, which was followed by the 1998 Update and the 2001 Update. These documents were prepared in compliance with federal requirements (CFR 450.332), which also are the basis for the LRTP 2004 Update.
The 2007 Update was completed and approved in June 2007.
Purpose of the Long-Range Transportation Plan
Central to the LRTP is protection of the value of investments already made in developing the transportation system, while providing resources to pursue innovative solutions to mobility constraints and enhancing travel choices available, and projects that vision over a 25-year period.