Long-Range Transportation Plan

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The Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) guides investment in the transportation system of the Boston metropolitan region over at least the next 20 years. It defines an overarching vision of the future of transportation in the region, establishes policies that will lead to the achievement of that vision, and allocates projected revenue to transportation programs and projects consistent with the policies. It also guides development of the short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a program of transportation improvement projects expected to be implemented during the following four-year period.

The LRTP, which is updated every four years to be responsive to the region’s continuously evolving needs, includes information on the following topics:

  • Policies to guide future investments
  • A discussion of issues influencing those policies
  • Projects recommended for funding over the time frame of 20 or more years that cost more than $10 million each or that add capacity to the transportation system
  • An assessment of the region’s transportation needs
  • Forecasts of future travel demand
  • Forecasts of financial resources for operating, maintaining, and investing in the transportation system
  • Consideration of regional plans for land use, development, housing, and employment
  • An examination of the distribution of the transportation system’s benefits and burdens among environmental-justice and non-environmental-justice areas
  • An air quality conformity determination, which demonstrates that the LRTP is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for attaining air quality standards

In addition to its role in long-range planning, the LRTP guides development of the short-range Transportation Improvement Program.

Current LRTP – Paths to a Sustainable Region

The current LRTP, Paths to a Sustainable Region, was adopted by the MPO on September 22, 2011, and was approved by the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration on November 30, 2011. An amendment to Paths to a Sustainable Region was adopted by the MPO on June 28, 2012, and approved by the federal agency partners on October 12, 2012. A second amendment (pdf) (html) was endorsed by the MPO on July 25, 2013, and approved by the federal agency partners on September 30, 2013. A third amendment (pdf) (html) was endorsed by the MPO on November 7, 2013, and submitted to the federal agency partners for approval.

New LRTP in Development

In 2014 and 2015, the MPO will be developing Charting Progress to 2040, an LRTP that will guide investment for the region’s transportation system through 2040. More information on the Charting Progress to 2040 planning process is available here.

LRTP Archive

The LRTP Archive contains older LRTPs.

For more information, please contact Anne McGahan, MPO Staff, at 617.973.7090 or amcgahan@ctps.org.