Central Lane Regional Transportation Plan

Objective: Urge the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is overseen by the Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC), to adopt a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) — “transportation blueprint” — for the Eugene-Springfield-Coburg area through the year 2045 that advances goals to shift away from drive alone trips, improve safety, increase equity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Overview

Just released on October 29, 2021, the draft RTP is required by federal law to be updated every 4 years in order to be eligible for federal transportation funding.

Key elements of the plan include:

  • Goals and objectives (Chapter 2): These generally reflect community priorities for transportation options, economic vitality, safety, equity, and slowing climate change.
  • Financial framework (Chapter 4): The region is projected to receive $1.65 billion for projects over the next 20 years. Additional funding is projected to be available for operations, maintenance, and preservation of the transportation system.
  • Financially constrained list of projects (Chapter 5): A list of projects totaling $1.65 billion.
  • Plan outcomes (Chapter 6): In general, by its own estimation the plan fails to achieve some of its own goals, including to limit traffic congestion and avid increases in travel times. It is unclear if and to what extent the plan advances other goals, in particular, related to safety, equity, and climate change.
  • Illustrative list of projects (Appendix J): Additional projects totally $1.28 billion, to be built after 20 years or when additional funding became available.

Our submitted comments

In general, BEST is disappointed that neither the public nor our representatives on MPC have yet had a meaningful opportunity to assess the priorities of projects. In response, BEST is offering to provide such an opportunity early next year. Moreover, based on our analysis to date, we are recommending moving 4 lower priority roadway projects to the illustrative list and 16 bicycle/pedestrian projects to the financially constrained list.

Upcoming public involvement opportunities

  • Transportation Planning Committee (TPC), Thursday 12/16/21, 10 a.m. – noon: Local staff will discuss their recommendation for adoption of the RTP. The public is invited to listen but not speak.
  • Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC), Thursday 1/6/22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Local officials will be asked to approve the RTP. Although the public comment period on the RTP has been closed, the public is nonetheless has an opportunity to speak.

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External links

Google Group

If you would like to get more engaged in efforts around the Central Lane RTP, ask to join BEST’s ad hoc Google Group.