Long Range Regional Transportation Plans
The Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan (LRTP) identifies transportation deficiencies, recommends improvements, and advances priority transportation projects, in cooperation with CTDOT, municipal officials, and other organizations and interested citizens. Because the NVCOG planning region is comprised of two MPO areas, separate LRTPs have been developed for the CNVR MPO area and the four-town lower Valley area included in the GBVMPO area. The plans provide a long term vision, at least 20 years into the future, of the transportation network.
The LRTPs must be multi-modal, meaning it must consider all forms and modes of transportation and offer travelers a full range of choices. The plans focus on the highway network, public transit systems, specialized transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and non-motorized transportation options. Sustainability and livability are key concepts in the plans. These concepts promote transportation infrastructure that is sustainable, creates livable and walkable communities and enhance transportation performance while protecting the environment.
The LRTPs must be financially constrained. That means, the proposed transportation improvement programs and the projects included in the plans must be consistent with the amount of funding that can be reasonably expected to be available over the life of the plans. Federal guidelines have established national performance goals that the LRTPs must address:
- Safety – reduce accidents and traffic fatalities.
- Infrastructure Condition – maintain the highway infrastructure in a state of good repair.
- Congestion Reduction – reduce congestion.
- System Reliability – improve system efficiency.
- Freight Movement and Economic Vitality – improve the national freight network.
- Environmental Sustainability – enhance the natural environment
- Reduced Project Delivery Delays – reduce project costs and promote economic growth.
The LRTPs must also demonstrate that the projects and program support the attainment of National air quality standards and conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality. The CTDOT performs the air quality analysis of the LRTPs. The analyses demonstrate that the transportation emissions from the implementation of the transportation improvement program included in the LRTPs will be less than maximum allowable levels.
The LRTP for the Valley portion of the Bridgeport-Stamford urbanized area was endorsed on April 14, 2015 and the CNVR MPO LRTP was endorsed on April 10, 2015.