The Quad Cities Metro LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan) serves a variety of purposes: to move forward the regional vision, to guide future project development, and to identify needs for coordination and cooperation related to our transportation network. The plan identifies future travel demand and freight needs. It also looks at the current transportation system's ability to meet these demands and identifies what improvements will be needed to address excess demand. As projects are identified, they are then directed through the short-range planning and programming process to ultimate implementation or construction.
The draft plan is available for review until March 23, 2021 noon. Bi-State staff worked with the Transportation Policy and Technical Committees to draft the new five-year update. The update is anticipated to be adopted on March 24, 2021 by Bi-State Regional Commission meeting. The 2050 plan uses a base-year of 2015 and outlines transportation improvements anticipated through the horizon-years of 2030 and 2050. The benefit of updating a plan every five years is the opportunity to either maintain course on larger long-term projects, refine our direction on other projects, or take a new course due to changes in the metropolitan area, funding resources, or technology innovations. The plan's underlying theme is progress, innovation, and connectivity as our Quad Cities Region moves transportation plans into reality
A summary presentation of the plan provides an overview below. Public meetings are set for March 10, 15 and 18, 2021. See media release and public input notice for links to these virtual meetings and opportunity to give input to Bi-State staff. A public input form is located in the side module to provide feedback on the plan as an option to attending one of public virtual input meetings. Comments are being accepted currently through the public hearing scheduled for March 23, 2021 at noon. Details on the virtual public hearing will be sent one week in advance of the meeting.
01-Connect QC 2050 Presentation (Part 1)
02-Connect QC 2050 Presentation (Part 2)
Quad Cities Travel Demand Model – What Is This and What Does it Do
Travel Demand modeling is a key tool in our LRTP process. It incorporates historical trends, local land use, travel characteristics and roadway system in our region for today and in the future. It analyzes how many trips, where to/from, what mode and which route for the entire region to help better decision making in transportation planning. The video below was developed by Iowa DOT to highlight this planning tool.
Every five years, the Quad Cities MPO Long Range Transportation Plan is updated. Public involvement is a key component in plan development. Public meetings were held in May 2014 to kick-off the plan development. A web-based public engagement tool was used from April to May 2014 to collect input on system strengths, weaknesses, and needs. An assessment survey was released in October 2014, and a public transit summit and two additional community neighborhood outreach meetings were held in December 2015. The results have been used for formulate metro-area development goals and transportation performance objectives. Various travel modes have been reviewed and updated. The plan was adopted at the Bi-State Regional Commission meeting on March 23, 2016.