The Quad Cities Metro LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan) serves a variety of purposes: to move forward the regional vision, to guide future project development, and to identify needs for coordination and cooperation related to our transportation network. The plan identifies future travel demand and freight needs. It also looks at the current transportation system's ability to meet these demands and identifies what improvements will be needed to address excess demand. As projects are identified, they are then directed through the short-range planning and programming process to ultimate implementation or construction.
Every five years, the Quad Cities MPO Long Range Transportation Plan is updated. Public involvement is a key component in plan development. Public meetings were held in May 2014 to kick-off the plan development. A web-based public engagement tool was used from April to May 2014 to collect input on system strengths, weaknesses, and needs. An assessment survey was released in October 2014, and a public transit summit and two additional community neighborhood outreach meetings were held in December 2015. The results have been used for formulate metro-area development goals and transportation performance objectives. Various travel modes have been reviewed and updated. The plan was adopted at the Bi-State Regional Commission meeting on March 23, 2016.
When one plan is adopted, the next plan update begins. Bi-State staff work with the Transportation Policy and Technical Committees to draft the new five-year update. A full update is anticipated to be adopted in March 2021. The 2050 plan will use a base-year of 2015 and outline transportation improvements anticipated through the horizon-year of 2050. The benefit of updating a plan every five years is the opportunity to either maintain course on larger long-term projects, refine our direction on other projects, or take a new course due to changes in the metropolitan area, funding resources, or technology innovations. The plan's underlying theme will be progress, innovation, and connectivity as our Quad Cities Region moves transportation plans into reality.