About The 2040 Plan

Ulster BridgeNovember 2012 marked the start of updating, PA On Track, the Pennsylvania Long Range Transportation Plan and developing the first-ever Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan. Together these performance-based plans will provide a strategic vision that will guide, direct and integrate multimodal system investments required to support existing and future demand in moving people and goods safely and efficiently throughout the state.

The Long Range Transportation Plan

The Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a strategic, multimodal plan that updates the state’s previous Plan developed in 2006. The Statewide LRTP will develop a regional, statewide, and even national level perspective on current and future transportation opportunities and challenges within the Commonwealth through the year 2040.

The LRTP addresses existing conditions, future needs and opportunities for all modes of transportation including highways, public transit (bus and passenger rail), bicycling and walking, freight rail, aviation, ports, and waterways. The Plan will build upon recent efforts addressing funding by the State Transportation Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission to develop strategies and priorities to guide decision makers now and in the years ahead.

There are several opportunities for stakeholders and the public to participate, the details of which can be found on the Public Participation page. This page also includes information distributed at public meetings, an overview of the public participation process, and offers the ability to provide direct feedback to the project team on the LRTP and the Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan.

The Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan

Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan (CFMP) will be developed in parallel and consistent with the LRTP. The CFMP will be developed to comply with new federal transportation legislation passed in July 2012 known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21 for short. While MAP-21 does not mandate the development of a state freight plan, PennDOT recognizes the critical contribution that the efficient movement of freight makes to the economy of a state and the well-being of its citizens.

PennDOT will use a collaborative planning process for developing the CFMP that will be integrated with the LRTP process. It will involve PennDOT’s partners within the goods movement industry. Throughout the process, the planning team will identify specific freight-related issues and needs so that goods movement concerns can be addressed throughout the plan’s development. Freight specific analysis will be summarized and included in the stand-alone CFMP. For example, the LRTP will include goals, objectives and performance measures that address both passenger and freight issues. However, the CFMP will highlight how these goals, objectives and performance measures specifically relate to the Commonwealth’s freight mobility issues. Freight specific market analyses will be presented and freight trends identified in the CFMP. Public outreach and webinars will include presentations of freight issues and data. Stakeholders will be asked questions relating to freight and its impacts to their economic region.

Ultimately, FHWA’s approval of a state CFMP that meets MAP-21 requirements will permit PennDOT to use a higher percentage match of their Federal transportation funds on projects that improve freight mobility and efficiency.