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Executive Summary

The overarching goals of the LRTP are based on improving safety, multimodal connectivity, equity, the economy, and the environment.

Executive Summary

LRTP 2045 MPA and Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area
LRTP 2045 MPA and Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Image: CUUATS

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.

Carried out by Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) staff, in conjunction with the LRTP Steering Committee, 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.

Input from the public and local agencies was combined with the existing conditions data analysis to develop goals, objectives, and performance measures that reflect the transportation vision for 2045 and provide direction for the plan’s implementation. 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. Additionally, short-term objectives and performance measures translate the long range vision for 2045 into short term action. Lists and maps of both funded and unfunded future projects provide additional detail about transportation improvement priorities in the region.

VIDEO: LRTP 2045 Planning Process

The following videos provides an overview of the LRTP 2045 planning process in the Champaign-Urbana region.


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VIDEO: LRTP 2045 Vision

The intent of the following LRTP 2045 video is to imagine different changes in the local community in 2045. This video is not intended to be a comprehensive or literal representation of the LRTP 2045.


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Video Illustration: David Michael Moore
Video Animation: Jason Dockins & David Michael Moore
Video Music: Michael Linder
Video Sound: HatPineapple Productions
Video Narration: Kimmy Schofield
Voice of Mom: Laura Christine
Voice of Dad: Luis Alcantara
Voice of Child: Leo Bakker

LRTP 2045 Steering Committee

Representatives from the following agencies/organizations/municipalities helped oversee the LRTP 2045 planning process:

Approved December 2019

The LRTP 2045 received final approval from the CUUATS Technical Committee on December 4, 2019, the CUUATS Policy Committee on December 11, 2019, and the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission on December 13, 2019. The plan will be effective from January 1, 2020 through the end of 2024.