Vermont's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the State's blueprint for guiding transportation decision-making and investments over the next 20 years. All Vermonter's have a stake in the transportation system's continued development - which may look very different over the course of 20 years.
The growth of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and 5G cellular networks, demographic changes in the form of an aging population, and evolving changes to the state's primarily services-based economy may require thinking differently about how we plan, build, and manage our transportation system and investments. While maintaining our highways and bridges, public transit, railways, and airports will continue to be major focus areas moving forward, we are likely to focus more on the operational part of our transportation system, such as information systems, signals, and automated message boards and other technology solutions.
2023 Amendment to the Vermont Long-Range Transportation Plan
Why is the Plan Being Amended?
VTrans and FHWA agree that resilience of the transportation system is essential, especially as storms become stronger and more frequent. As a result, VTrans is preparing a Resilience Improvement Plan (RIP) consistent with the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA established a new federal-aid formula program called “Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost Saving Transportation” (PROTECT). The development of an RIP is encouraged by the PROTECT program and when incorporated into the LRTP will allow for a decrease in the required non-Federal share for projects funded with PROTECT funds.
What is the Amendment?
The 2018 Vermont LRTP included resilience, for example in the Extreme Weather Events section (P. 37). Increasing resilience is Goal 1.5 in the 2018 LRTP.
To fulfill PROTECT guidance in the near term, VTrans is amending the 2018 LRTP. The amendment is to add the bolded text in the table below to reference work on the Resilience Improvement Plan.
Resilience in 2018 LRTP Goals, Objectives, & Strategies, Plus Amendment (in bold)
Goal 1: Improve safety and security across all transportation modes.
1.5 Improve the resilience of the transportation system.
The RIP will be incorporated in the 2024 LRTP as one aspect of enhanced VTrans efforts to increase resilience.
How To Comment and By When
Zoe Neaderland, Zoe.Neaderland@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development Division
219 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Vermont Long-Range Transportation Plan (2019)
We welcome and encourage all Vermonters to provide comments on the data and observations presented, as well as ideas on where transportation policy and investments should focus over the next 20 years.