As the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), one of the core functions of the HRTPO is to develop, approve, and maintain a fiscally constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, or LRTP. The LRTP is the regional transportation blueprint developed to guide multimodal transportation investments that promote system efficiency and connectivity while maximizing the use of scarce transportation funds. The current Hampton Roads 2045 LRTP, adopted by the HRTPO in June 2021, was developed over a 5-year period and is based on a collaborative process involving many regional stakeholders and the public to identify, prioritize, and fiscally constrain needed transportation investments.
LRTPs have a planning horizon of at least twenty years and are updated regularly to reflect changing conditions such as population and employment growth, anticipated travel demand, advancements in transportation technology, and projected environmental changes. To effectively address anticipated changes between now and the year 2045, multiple growth scenarios were used to evaluate potential candidate projects by stress-testing the transportation system (refer to Scenario Planning section below for more information). For the 2045 LRTP, approximately 260 candidate projects were evaluated and prioritized with the Regional Scenario Planning Framework and updated Project Prioritization Tool. Using a long-range transportation revenue forecast, projects were selected from the prioritized list of candidates – these projects represent the most robust projects the region can afford over the next twenty years to help improve the transportation system.
Between now and 2045, the Hampton Roads region is forecasted to receive approximately $30.7 Billion to invest in the region’s transportation system. Of this, $17 Billion is dedicated to maintaining the existing transportation system. The remaining $13.7 Billion is being used to constrain multimodal investments for the region to help move people and goods more efficiently. The 2045 LRTP contains major improvements to bridges, tunnels, roads, and interchanges across the region. The Plan also includes enhanced transit service, planned Bus Rapid Transit on the Peninsula, and new regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities. As a system, these planned investments will help achieve the overall 2045 LRTP vision of an adaptive transportation system that seamlessly integrates transportation modes for all users.
As part of the development of the 2045 LRTP, and in coordination with the Regional Connectors Study (RCS), scenario planning was utilized to consider how changes in transportation, land use, demographics, or other factors such as sea level rise could affect connectivity, mobility, resiliency, and communities across the region. The scenario planning effort of the 2045 LRTP and RCS includes three alternative growth scenarios in addition to the 2045 baseline scenario.
For information on the latest 2045 LRTP scenario planning activities, click HERE.
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