Long Range Planning
INDOT is updating its Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for improving the State’s transportation system.
INDOT’s LRTP is a broad-based policy document that is used to guide the development of Indiana’s transportation system. The purpose of the LRTP is to assure that the transportation infrastructure network will adequately serve future 2045 needs. By way of this plan, INDOT identifies existing and emerging transportation challenges; defines what is needed to meet such future transportation demands over the forthcoming 20-plus years; establishes funding priorities for needed improvements; recommends strategies to ensure regional mobility; and maps a course for meeting Indiana’s transportation vision.
The coordinated process of the LRTP update includes the following components:
- Establish goals and policies
- Set priorities
- Develop performance measures to track progress
- Identify and forecast needs for statewide systems (short- and long-term)
- Recommend strategies and opportunities to address emerging issues/needs
- Estimate funding availability and explore potential funding sources
Each step of the way along the plan development process, there will be opportunities for public and stakeholder outreach, participation, and input.
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INDOT continues to engage transportation stakeholders throughout the year and welcomes the opportunity to meet with Indiana communities regarding the LRTP.
INDOT’s mission is to plan, build, maintain, and operate a superior transportation system enhancing safety, mobility, and economic growth. The LRTP update will help to serve that mission by performing an analysis of current and future transportation funding issues and needs to deliver an effective plan to work towards the best possible transportation system for Indiana.Plan Overview
A key aspect of the LRTP update will include the development of performance measures which will be used to develop a prioritized investment strategy. These will form the basis of the LRTP to help guide the actions of INDOT, its partner agencies, and other transportation stakeholders.
The overarching goals of the LRTP are:
- Safe & Secure Travel – move Indiana towards zero deaths and reduction of serious injuries by applying proven strategies and enhancing the safety and security of our transportation system for all users
- System Preservation – take care of what we have and maintain our multimodal transportation system and infrastructure in a state of good repair
- Economic Vitality – as “The Crossroads of America” enhance the competitiveness of Indiana’s Economy through strategic investments and reduced cost of transportation
- Multimodal Mobility – maximize the performance of our transportation system, ensuring efficient movement of people, goods, and regional connectivity by enhancing access to different modes of transportation
- Environmental Responsibility – minimize the potential impacts of the transportation system on the natural and human environment
- New Technology – develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies and embrace a broad-based, comprehensive research program to plan for the future
- Strategic Policy Actions – address multiple goal areas through key policy initiatives
Statewide transportation planning is required by federal and state regulations, and provides a framework for decision-making at INDOT. Federal legislation, in the form of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) and the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act), requires INDOT to develop, adopt, and implement a LRTP (long-range transportation plan). Building on the reforms of Map-21 (2012), the FAST Act (2015) retained most of its planning requirements. States are generally required to update their LRTP’s every five years to address new trends and issues, and to incorporate new state and federal regulations. INDOT is updating its current LRTP, known as the 2013-2035 Future Transportation Needs Report. The LRTP update extends the planning horizon to 2045. It is important to note that the LRTP is not project specific, rather it identifies investment priorities based on current and projected funding/needs over next 30 years.
The LRTP Update was kicked-off in the Fall of 2016. It is on track to be completed for adoption in late 2018.
- What is a Long Range Transportation Plan?
- A Long Range Transportation Plan or LRTP serves as the blueprint for the future of Indiana’s transportation system. The LRTP will address transportation issues and needs for the next 20 to 25 years. INDOT’s LRTP establishes a vision for future transportation investments, examines critical trends, issues, and future system needs.
- What is addressed in the LRTP?
- Common issues addressed may include preservation of multimodal transportation system, economic development, environmental justice, financial planning and programming, movement of persons and goods, performance measures, safety, system expansion, etc.
- How often does INDOT update the LRTP?
- Federal regulations require state DOTs to continually evaluate, revise, and periodically update their LRTP, generally every five years.
- Why update the LRTP?
- It is important to consider and incorporate up-to-date technologies and tools in the transportation sector, new planning related laws, regulations and policies, demographic changes, land use and economic development, and existing, emerging and forecasted transportation related trends, challenges, and opportunities.
- Why plan for the 25-year horizon?
- This ensures the LRTP accurately reflects the changing conditions of Indiana’s transportation system and mobility needs.
- When will the final LRTP be ready?
- The final plan will be completed in 2018.
- What is transportation planning and why is it important?
- The transportation planning process exists to provide the information needed for decision makers to choose among alternative strategies for improving transportation system performance
- What is public involvement and why is it important?
- People want to have a voice in transportation decision-making for their communities. Agencies must have public involvement to create a successful planning or project development process. For long-range transportation planning, public involvement is important to help articulate the community’s/state’s vision and goals, provide the public with the opportunity to champion a variety of transportation interests, and receive valuable input into the planning process. For transportation planning, public involvement can include regional agencies, local government, user/special interest groups, tribal governments, and states, as well as the private sector, legal system, and Federal government.
In order to accurately capture the complete picture of public opinions and needs for all transportation options, multimodal public involvement is essential. This LRTP update followed a comprehensive plan put forth to provide ample opportunities for the public and stakeholders to have meaningful input into the LRTP process.
The public participation plan employed in this LRTP follows the general guidelines recommended by the FAST Act to: be inclusive of all populations, support continuous contact throughout the process, use a variety of outreach techniques to reach target audiences, be ready to adapt the process, and focus the public involvement process on decision-making. The outreach process also considers certain target populations, such as the disabled, minority communities, low-income communities, and those traditionally underserved by transportation.
In addition to the concern shown for special populations, the LRTP’s public involvement reaches out to all transportation modes. Public ports, intercity bus carriers, and employer-sponsored transportation such as commuter vanpools are group that are included in public involvement. Other mode-specific population groups which are included are freight shippers, public transportation users, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The public outreach effort for the LRTP will also coordinate with ongoing efforts of transportation planning agencies with varied geographic coverage throughout Indiana. These include INDOT’s 6 Districts, 14 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), 12 Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs).
To share information and gather feedback on the LRTP, the public involvement process includes the following specific activities:
- INDOT District Meetings
- STIP Meetings
- Indiana MPO Council Annual Conference
- Telephone Town Hall
- Public Meetings Exhibits
- Meeting Invitations, Advertising and Coordination
- Website Comments
To best plan for Indiana’s transportation future, we need your help. To learn more about the LRTP update, or to contribute/share your insights and knowledge to this effort, please get in touch!