The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) formerly known as the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the official multimodal transportation plan developed and adopted through the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) planning area. The current plan, entitled ARTS Transportation Vision 2040, was adopted on September 2, 2015 by the ARTS Policy Committee.
The ARTS MTP covers a 20 or 30 year planning horizon and is updated at least once every five (5) years. The MTP can be amended any time. The ARTS Policy Committee must approve any update or amendment to the MTP. Interested parties, including the general public, have an opportunity to review and comment on the MTP. The ARTS MTP was amended to extend the planning horizon to the year 2040. Projects must be included in the MTP before being placed in the ARTS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The ARTS MTP includes long-range and short-range strategies and actions that lead to the development of an integrated multimodal transportation system in the ARTS area. In addition, the MTP -
identifies near term demand for passenger and goods movement;
identifies Congestion Management System strategies;
identifies pedestrian, walkway and bicycle facilities;
assesses capital investment and other measures to preserve the existing transportation system;
reflects a multimodal evaluation of the transportation, socioeconomic, environmental, and financial impact of the Transportation Plan;
reflects consideration of local plans, goals and objectives;
outlines, as appropriate, transportation enhancement activities; and
includes a financial plan demonstrating that the identified projects can be implemented using current and proposed revenue sources.
Development of the LRTP is financed by a combination of federal highway and transit planning funds and state and local matching funds.