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.
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.
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.