Long Range Transportation Plan

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Welcome to the home of the Rhode Island Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Bicycle Mobility Plan (BMP).

On December 10, 2020, the State Planning Council adopted State Guide Plan Element 611, Moving Forward Rhode Island 2040,the State of Rhode Island’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  Under the umbrella of Moving Forward Rhode Island 2040, the State Planning Council also adopted the Transit Master Plan, Bicycle Mobility Plan, and Congestion Management Process. 

The purpose of the Long-Range Transportation Plan is to develop a vision for transportation in the state over a 20-year planning horizon. This vision is comprehensive, covering all transportation modes (e.g. automobiles, public transit trains and buses, ferries) and sectors (e.g. commuter travel, freight).  The LRTP fulfills federal requirements for statewide and metropolitan planning under current transportation legislation and provides a framework for advancing projects in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  As a State Guide Plan element, the LRTP is also a basis for determining consistency of local comprehensive plans and other plans, programs, and projects with state policies. The LRTP includes goals, objectives, policies and strategies for transportation modes throughout the state and includes an analysis of anticipated federal and state transportation funding resources.

In addition and importantly, Moving Forward Rhode Island 2040 has been established in coordination with other statewide transportation plans and processes including but not limited to the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, the State Asset Management Plan for the National Highway System (NHS), the Rhode Island Freight and Goods Movement Plan, the Transit Asset Management Plan, and the Congestion Management Process / Plan.

The LRTP represents a collaboration between Rhode Island state agencies, cities and towns, and the participating public, through feedback received via community events, workshops, surveys, and public meetings.  A complete list of documents prepared as part of the Long Range Transportation Plan process can be found on the LRTP Documents page.

Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
The Long-Range Transportation Plan develops a vision for transportation in the state over a 20 year planning horizon. This vision is comprehensive, covering all transportation modes (e.g. automobiles, public transit trains and buses, ferries) and sectors (e.g. commuter travel, freight).

Bicycle Mobility Plan (BMP)
The Bicycle Mobility Plan (BMP) takes a more detailed look at the specific conditions, needs, and gaps surrounding bicycle infrastructure and operations in the State of Rhode Island and identifies strategies and projects that could help close gaps, improve bicycling in the State, and achieve the 20 year vision set out by the Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Transit Master Plan (TMP)
In mid-2018 Rhode Island's first multimodal Transit Master Plan got under way. The Transit Master Plan does a deep dive on the condition, needs, and future solutions to the transit network.  To learn more about the TMP and to get involved visit its website TransitForwardRI.com.