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2012 Long Range Transportation Plan Update

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Small image indicating a New document.Final 2012 Long Range Transportation Plan

Small image indicating a New document.Appendices to the  2012 LRTP


The Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee adopted the 2012 Long Range Transportation Plan on January 15, 2013. A final version of the plan document which incorporates all changes requested prior to adoption will be posted in the near future.

The Missoula Urban Transportation District has proposed a policy amendment be added to the LRTP and will be an item of discussion during February TPPC and TTAC committee meetings.

Small image indicating a New document.2012 LRTP Amendment #1



We anticipate publication of the Citizen's Guide to the 2012 LRTP in early March, 2013.

LRTP Update Committee Meetings


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What is the Long Range Transportation Plan?

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a federally mandated planning document intended to establish a vision of how future transportation spending will be allocated within the planning area.  Missoula's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)updates the LRTP every four years, looking ahead and laying the groundwork for 30 years of projects and maintenance to ensure that Missoula's transportation needs will be met in the future.

The Planning Process

The LRTP planning process will extend over much of 2012, starting in January with consultant selection and officially starting off with a kick-off event open to the public in March.  The LRTP update process is designed to be cooperative and to foster involvement from all user of the transportation system, including the business community, citizen's organizations, the general public, freight operators, and environmental groups.  Along with gathering public input from a wide variety of community interests, the document will analyze and evaluate all modes of transportation including:

Visualization of the transportation planning process:

 Figure 1: The transportation planning process. Click for text version.

Alongside gathering public input through various means, numerous types of information and quantifiable data is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the public during the process including:

Goals of the Update Process

The LRTP is intended to help further community goals and improve transportation facilities and services in the Missoula metropolitan area by:

Final Product

At the end of the public process, the Missoula MPO will have a plan that outlines a vision for how federal, state, and local dollars will be spent to improve Missoula's transportation system and resident's quality of life for the next 30 years.  The document will include a financially constrained list of transportation projects and programs with construction cost estimates and a timeline of when such projects can reasonably be expected to be completed. 

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