What is a Long Range Transportation Plan?
A Long Range Transportation Plan, Or LRTP, is a document resulting from regional collaboration and consensus on a region or transportation system, and serving as the defining vision and mission for a region's transportation systems and services.
The DuPage LRTP will be developed through a collaborative planning process designed to foster involvement by all users of the system, such as the business community, community groups, environmental organizations, the traveling public, freight operators, and the general public. The LRTP will evaluate current and future year conditions through the year 2040 and will set a fiscally responsible course over the next 25 years. The plan will include an examination of revenues, expenditures, policies and practices related to transportation assets and facilities.
Why is DuPage County developing a LRTP?
With a population of more than 930,000, DuPage County is the second most populous county in Illinois. Its population is expected to increase another 22%, by 2040, topping one million. Our transportation system is aging. If we don’t plan for the transportation infrastructure needed to accommodate this growth it could adversely impact economic growth and quality of life. The DuPage Connects project will result in the County’s first LRTP. It presents an opportunity for the County to evaluate current and future transportation needs and identify priority improvements to accommodate expected development.
What will the LRTP include?
The Plan is a very comprehensive document that will cover a broad spectrum of facilities, policies, practices, concepts and organizational objectives, for both now and in the future. In addition, the Plan will give the reader a good idea of our present financial commitments and future needs and how we propose to maintain/enhance the system under financial constraints.The plan will include multi-jurisdictional roadway maintenance and improvements and will cover multi-modal elements, including transit and transit facilities, non-motorized bike and pedestrian facilities, pedestrian accessibility, trails and trail management. It will also cover safety across all County maintained transportation systems, as well as maintenance and operations. Ultimately, this plan is about finding the best solutions to move people and goods quickly and safely across DuPage County.
Didn’t CMAP recently complete a LRTP that included DuPage County?
In 2014, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) updated the GO TO 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan for the seven-county Chicago region. This document provides a high-level evaluation of the regional transportation system. The DuPage Connects LRTP is correlative to the GO TO 2040 plan and will be useful in amending future MPO plans (On To 2050) and Transportation Improvement Programs, however, it is a standalone document meant to govern policies and practices at the County. Ultimately, the DuPage Connects LRTP recommendations will be incorporated into the next update of the CMAP regional LRTP which will lead to a stronger, coordinated regional planning effort.
How will the DuPage Connects LRTP address other plans such as Metra, and Pace?
Metra and Pace, along with many of the municipalities that make up DuPage County, have similar long range plans that outline a vision, priority improvements, and implementation strategy. The DuPage Connects LRTP will complement existing plans with the goal of implementing regional transportation investments that will benefit all agencies. The LRTP will refer to those plans and DuPage will provide important links to regional transit information.
If this is DuPage County’s first LRTP, what has the county done before to plan for transportation?
DuPage County has produced five Comprehensive Road Improvement Plans with Land Use assumptions since 1990. These plans have centered on roadway improvements only and have not been financially constrained. Download 2010 CRIP
The County participated in the development of the DuPage Area Transit Plan adopted by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and by the DuPage County Board in September of 2002. This plan developed a comprehensive public transit network for DuPage County and established short-term, medium-term, and long-term implementation goals through the year 2020. Download the 2002 DuPage Area Transit Plan.
In 2011, the DuPage Area Transit Plan Update was issued to evaluate the progress of the plan and provide further guidance for the future. The Plan Update focused on the evaluation of existing transit service in DuPage County and near-term improvements that are already under way. Download the 2011 DuPage Area Transit Plan Update.
DuPage County has also produced a series of plans related to bikeways and transit See DCRBP.
The County is also developing a specific plan for bike - ped accommodations in the Elgin - O’Hare Corridor.
What’s involved in preparing a long range transportation plan?
The LRTP process can be summarized in the following steps:
- Develop Vision, Goals and Outreach Plan. The vision and goals for the project, developed with consensus among stakeholders, sets the tone for the overall study and evaluation process and will continue throughout the project. An early task will be the development and agreement on a detailed stakeholder involvement strategy for the entire plan development process.
- Evaluate Operations and Maintenance Report. The LRTP will analyze current transportation system operations and maintenance activities to identify issues, deficiencies, and gaps and to establish a benchmark state of good repair report.
- Develop a Financial Plan. The financial plan will look at the existing revenue sources that are dedicated to transportation purposes, as well as potential sources of funding. Once the O&M report is complete, related costs will be incorporated into the financial plan.
- Develop a Capital Plan. Development of the capital plan will start with an assessment of the condition and performance of the various components of the county’s existing transportation assets, including highways, bridges, trails, maintenance facilities, and other assets. The capital plan will be fiscally constrained by project revenues and costs.
- Develop a Recommended Plan. The LRTP will address active transportation, freight, accessibility, safety, and environmental sustainability and will incorporate data and analysis performed for the financial, capital, and O&M plans.
Will the public have an opportunity to participate in the planning effort?
Public input is a critical piece of the planning process and there will be multiple opportunities to participate. A project website will provide up-to-date information on the study and allow the opportunity to provide feedback. We will use social media to share information and get feedback and we also plan to use traditional methods, such as public meetings, stakeholder workshops, surveys, media briefings, and electronic newsletters to share information and obtain feedback that will help shape the plan.
When will the final LRTP be ready?
The final plan will be presented to the DuPage County Board in late 2018.