Regional Transportation Planning

Transportation is one of the key contributors to the Eugene-Springfield region's quality of life and economic viability. Generally, the need for transportation stems from the need to access goods, services, and other people within and beyond the region. The ease by which citizens are able to get from home to school, to a job, to medical services, to shopping and back again is dependent upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the region's transportation system. There are two primary long range transportation plans that the Central Lane MPO is required to prepare, the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation System Plan

Regional Transportation Plan
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) guides planning and development of the transportation system within the Central Lane Transportation Management Area (TMA) (PDF). The federally-required RTP includes provisions for meeting the transportation demand of residents over at least a 20-year planning horizon while addressing transportation issues and making changes that can contribute to improvements in the region’s quality of life and economic vitality. It includes consideration of all transportation modes: roadways, transit, bikeways and pedestrian circulation, as well as freight movement and regional aspects of air, rail and inter-city bus service.

Planning Activities & Investments
The regional planning process thus ensures that the planning activities and investments of the local jurisdictions are coordinated in terms of intent, timing, and effect. Projects in the RTP are initiated at the local and state level:
  • Planning processes of the cities of Eugene, Springfield, and Coburg
  • Lane Transit District
  • Lane County
  • Oregon Department of Transportation - ODOT
Those projects that anticipate Federal funding or are regionally significant with potential impact on air quality must be included in the RTP.

Federal Compliance
The RTP is required by the federal government for all metropolitan areas with populations over 50,000. In compliance with the Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and with the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule (TPR), the RTP contains transportation policies and expected actions, and is financially constrained to revenues reasonably expected to be available over the planning period. The RTP also includes demonstration of compliance with federal and state air quality requirements.

The RTP must be updated at least every 4 years, and must include participation by the citizens of the region.
On December 8, 2011, the 2011-2035 RTP was adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Committee. Approval of the Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD) (PDF) for the RTP by the U.S. Department of Transportation was obtained on 27 June 2012.

Adopted 2011-2035 Regional Transportation Plan 
Entire Document (52MB PDF)
Adopted 2011-2035 Regional Transportation Plan Chapters 1-4
Appendix A  Includes all Maps
Map 1 - Proposed Nodal Development Areas
Map 2 - Financially Constrained Roadway Projects 
Map 3 - Illustrative Roadway Projects
Map 4 - Functional Class
Map 5 - Bus Rapid Transit System
Map 6 - Existing LTD System
Map 7 - Financially Constrained Bikeway System Projects
Map 8 - Priority Bikeway System Projects
Map 9 - Illustrative Bikeway System Projects
Map 10 - Goods Movement and Intermodal Facilities
Map 11 - Commuter Solutions Regional Programs
Map 12 - Congestion Management System
Appendix B Level of Service Standards
Appendix C List of Supporting Documents
Appendix D Glossary and Acronymns
Appendix E Executive Summary: Regional ITS Operations and Implementation for the Eugene-Springfield Metro   Area
Appendix F Information Developed for Environmental Coordination Requirements of SAFTEA-LU (maps only)

The Regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Plan (adopted 2004) is a component of the current RTP.  This document can be accessed from the ODOT web page. The executive summary can be obtained here.

Regional Transportation System Plan
The RTSP serves a functional role as the "link" between the local Transportation System Plans and the RTP; it is a state-mandated transportation system plan that must be prepared for an MPO region.

TransPlan is the current RTSP for the Eugene-Springfield area.  It was adopted, updated and amended by the full governing bodies of Eugene, Springfield and Lane County.  It was most recently amended in July 2002.  TransPlan also served as the RTP for the MPO which at that time did not include the City of Coburg.  Since then, new RTPs have replaced TransPlan, the latest being adopted in  2011. 
July 2002 TransPlan, As Amended 
Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction 
Chapter 2 – Policy Element
Chapter 3 – Plan Implementation 
Chapter 4 – Plan Performance and Implementation Monitoring  
Appendix A – TransPlan Maps: 
     Potential Nodal Development Areas 
     Financially-Constrained Roadway Projects 
     Future Roadway Projects 
     Roadway Functional Classification 
     Bus Rapid Transit  
     Financially-Constrained Bikeway System Projects
     Priority Bikeway System Projects 
     Future Bikeway Projects 
     Goods Movement and Intermodal Facilities 
Appendix B – Level of Service Standards 
Appendix C – TransPlan Update Process Documentation 
Appendix D – List of Supporting Documents 
Appendix E – Glossary and Acronyms 
Appendix F – Metro Plan Text Amendments 
Appendix G – LCDC Order Approving Alternative Plan Performance Measures 
Prior to the 2002 amendments, a fully updated version of TransPlan was adopted in December 2001.