The overarching goals of the LRTP are based on improving safety, multimodal connectivity, equity, the economy, and the environment.
Long Range Transportation Plan 2045
The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a federally mandated document that is updated every five years, and looks at the projected evolution of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, automobile, rail, and air travel over the next 25 years. The LRTP covers a 25-year Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), which encompasses the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area as delineated by the 2010 U.S. Census as well as land outside the urbanized area that could be included in the urbanized area between the years 2020 and 2045.
This plan has a regional scope, and is not meant to take the place of local transportation plans or comprehensive land use plans. Its main purpose is to identify major regionally beneficial transportation projects that can be targeted for federal funding. While smaller, localized transportation projects are reviewed and taken into consideration during the planning process, the LRTP lends itself to a broader regional focus and attempts to bring multiple jurisdictions together under one common vision. The Long Range Transportation Plan 2045 focuses on increasing the mobility of the urbanized area’s residents and improving the connectivity of the entire transportation system, in order to provide residents with greater access to services and to create a more efficient travel network.
As a community transportation policy document, the LRTP 2045 helps guide the direction for future investments and enhances the findings of Champaign-Urbana’s previous LRTPs. It builds on existing conditions data with improved modeling tools and a public involvement campaign to produce a regional transportation vision for 2045.
LRTP 2045 Steering Committee
Representatives from the following agencies/organizations/municipalities helped oversee the LRTP 2045 planning process:
- Champaign County
- Champaign County Emergency Management Agency
- Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
- Champaign County Bikes
- Housing Authority of Champaign County
- Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
- PACE, Inc.
- Willard Airport
- Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
- Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
- University of Illinois: Facilities and Services
- University of Illinois: Center on Health, Aging, and Disability
- City of Champaign
- Champaign Park District
- City of Urbana
- Urbana Park District
- Village of Savoy
- Village of Mahomet
- Village of Tolono
- Champaign Township
- Urbana Township
- Somer Township
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Federal Highway Administration
This section will house an executive summary of the LRTP 2045 upon approval of the plan content in December 2019. This section also provides some history of the local transportation system including the agencies and legislation that oversee and regulate long-range transportation planning.
Using a base year of 2015, existing conditions data establish a baseline from which planning visions can be grounded. This section includes demographic, land use, environmental, and health data as well as information specific to each transportation mode.
The five overarching long-term goals are safety, multimodal connectivity, equity, economy, and environment. These goals and their objectives are based on a combination of the Federal transportation goals, State of Illinois transportation goals, local knowledge, current local planning efforts, and input received from the public.
The combined input about the current and future transportation system conveyed strong public support for a set of overlapping ideas about the future of transportation: a more environmentally sustainable transportation system, additional pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, shorter off-campus transit times, equitable access to transportation services, and a compact urban area that supports active transportation and limits sprawl development.
LRTP outreach includes educating the public about the long range transportation planning process, raising awareness of existing transportation services, and providing opportunities for the public to inform the direction of planning efforts. Special emphasis is placed on public input because the transportation system affects every resident, employee, and visitor in the community.
Appendix: Data and Models
This section will provide additional documentation about the data and statistical modeling processes after the plan content has been finalized and approved in December 2019.