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Long Range Transportation Plan

The Long Range Transportation Plan serves as the 20+ year transportation planning document for the Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Plan contains the region’s adopted policies, goals and objectives and specific project proposals to improve the transportation system through the year 2040. It is in compliance with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) federal transportation legislation, and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA). While MAP-21 was adopted in June 2012, Metropolitan Planning Regulations from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are not yet available and so this document was developed and approved with the current set of rules and requirements (2007). This plan is a product of a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process, which considers all surface transportation modes and supports metropolitan community development. The plan reflects the goals and objectives of member communities in their own master plans and policies, of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) in its Long Range Transportation Plan, as well as those established by the RPC via the Regional Master Plan and the MPO process.

2040 Plan: 2017 Full Update

The Rockingham Planning Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) announces its intent to adopt the 2018-2040 Long Range Transportation Plan for the MPO’s 27-town region. A 30-day public comment period for these documents begins Friday, September 8th, 2017 and concludes with a public hearing to solicit public comment scheduled on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Portsmouth Public Library’s Hilton Garden Inn Room. The MPO Policy Committee will meet after the public hearing to consider comment received and adoption of the Long Range Plan.

The plan examines current and projected regional conditions. It sets out the region’s adopted goals, strategies for achieving those goals, performance metrics for measuring progress in implementation, and specific project proposals to improve the transportation system through the year 2040.

Chapter 1: Introduction - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

Chapter 2: Planning Framework - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

Chapter 3: Existing Conditions - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

Chapter 4: Current Trends & Future Conditions - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

Chapter 5: The Constrained Transportation Plan - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

Chapter 6: Implementation Strategies - Public Comment Draft 9/8/17

2040 RPC MPO Long Range Plan (Complete Document Draft 9/8/17) (11 MB)

Written comments will also be accepted through October 10th, 2017 and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: with “Long Range Plan” in the subject line

For more information please contact Scott Bogle at Rockingham Planning Commission at (603) 778-0885.

Transportation Project Viewer

In order to assist with locating projects, RPC has created an interactive web map of the STIP, STYP, and other projects within our region.

Clicking the below image will open this interactive map in a new tab.

Transportation Project Viewer

2040 Plan: Interim Update(s)

The list of transportation projects included in the LRTP is updated more frequently than the overall planning document as part of the TIP approval and Amendment processes. In that regard, the MPO began a 30 day Public Comment Period on 11/14/2016 to adopt the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program as well as an updated project listing and financial constraint document for the Long Range Transportation Plan. This comment period closed on 12/13/2016 and was followed by a Public Hearing at 7:00 PM on December 14, 2016 at the Tuck Museum (40 Park Avenue) in Hampton, NH. The TIP and updated Long Range Transportation Plan project listing were approved following the conclusion of the public hearing.

Draft Long Range Transportation Plan Project Listing - Updated 11/14/2016

Adopted 2040 Plan: Vision and Goals

The overarching goal of the Long Range Transportation Plan is to develop a safe, cost-effective multi-modal transportation system that ensures adequate mobility to all persons, enhances the quality of life in the region, supports sustainable development patterns and economic growth, and makes a meaningful contribution towards achieving the natural resources goals of the region. The individual policies that are listed recognize the need for a balance between safety, security, mobility and accessibility, cost, and environmental impact.

  • Goal 1: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: Implement an effective, integrated land use and transportation planning process that facilitates sustainable development patterns and economic growth; supports a high quality of life; and preserves cultural, historic, and natural resources.
  • Goal 2: ENGAGING THE PUBLIC: Implement outreach initiatives to increase public understanding of the transportation system and engage all members of the public in the transportation planning process.
  • Goal 3: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ATTRIBUTES: Develop a transportation system that moves goods and provides universal access for all residents and visitors to employment centers, housing areas, shopping areas, professional services, entertainment and sports venues, and recreation areas in a manner that is efficient and safe.
  • Goal 4: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FUNDING: Develop adequate and predictable funding streams to address regional transportation needs.

The Long Range Transportation Plan is available as a pdf via the link below along with the fiscal constraint analysis for the projects included in the document.

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Fiscal Constraint Documentation

Long Range Transportation Plan Projects List (Approved in December, 2014)