Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

TRANSPORTATION

Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects

IS NOW CLOSED

Transportation Plans

This FutureLV Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects is the opportunity to propose a plan or project to be included in the Lehigh Valley’s Regional Plan. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) and the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) are currently preparing FutureLV, which will be the Lehigh County and Northampton County comprehensive plan and Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region.  As part of this effort, we are seeking input on transportation plans and projects to be considered for inclusion in FutureLV.

LVTS is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The FutureLV Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects is a required function of LVTS as the MPO, under the administrative function of LVPC. LVPC and LVTS will use the information gathered as part of the input to developing both policy and project funding strategies.

Inclusion of a plan or project in FutureLV is a necessary step toward potentially being included for funding. Plan/project proposers should be aware that the inclusion of a plan/project in the long range plan is illustrative and does not guarantee that a plan/project will necessarily be funded for advancement in the Transportation Improvement Program or any other funding mechanism.

The purpose of the FutureLV Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects is to identify plans and projects that address transportation needs in the region. Proposed plans/projects will be evaluated using a set of evaluation criteria. Because available financial resources are limited for transportation plans/projects, the screening process utilizes a set of evaluation criteria to ensure that available revenues are used effectively and efficiently.

By law, federally designated MPOs such as the LVPC/LVTS are required to prepare an LRTP in order to receive federal funding for transportation plans/projects. The federal government requires that the LRTP list of transportation plans/projects be fiscally constrained. The LRTP is typically updated every 4 years, based on new data and changes to regional priorities since that last update.

The LRTP list of transportation plans/projects is updated and refined as part of planning process for the four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). To be placed on the TIP, the plan/project must align with the region’s vision, established in the of the Region’s LRTP. Therefore, all plans/projects to be placed on future LVTS TIPs, shall meet the goals of FutureLV: The Regional Plan.

FutureLV: The Regional Plan will be the combined comprehensive plan and LRTP for the Lehigh Valley. It will be the official, legal plan setting the regional vision, goals, policies and implementation strategies for the next 20 years. As part of the LRTP update, process goals are currently being formulated for FutureLV. The FutureLV working goals are:

• A VIBRANT REGIONAL ECONOMY

• EFFICIENT, PREDICTABLE DEVELOPMENT

• CONNECTED MULTIMODAL REGION

• SAFE AND RESILIENT BUILT ENVIRONMENT

• HEALTHY, INCLUSIVE AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

 KEY DATES

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FutureLV Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects begins.

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

4:00 pm: Submit any questions in writing about the Open Call to planning@lvpc.org

 

Friday, January 4, 2019

6:00 pm: Answers to questions will be posted on the LVPC website, www.lvpc.org

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

4:00 pm EST: FutureLV Open Call for Transportation Plans and Projects Submission Forms Due.

 

March 2019

Plan/project Presentation to LVTS; Appointment to Present will be Communicated to Plan/Project Sponsors

 

2019 Year End

FutureLV: The Regional Plan adoption

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616