The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is an important document that serves as a guide for the future development and maintenance of the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area transportation system. The document covers a 25-year period and identifies current and future needs based on population projections and travel demand. The plan is updated every five years to reflect the changing dynamics of the region. Projects must be included in the LRTP to receive federal funding.
Envision HOI: Heart of Illinois Long Range Transportation Plan was adopted by the PPUATS Policy Committee in March 2015 and identifies transportation needs in the PPUATS region out to 2040.
As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area, TCRPC is the lead agency responsible for developing and maintaining the region’s LRTP. In addition to TCRPC staff, the LRTP planning process is led by the PPUATS Technical Advisory Committee. The Technical Advisory Committee is responsible for developing goals and objectives for the plan, as well as prioritizing projects for inclusion in the plan. This committee also provides technical expertise for the various transportation subjects included in the plan. The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse group of representatives from the region.
Additionally, the LRTP considers how our transportation system affects business logistics, obesity rates, air quality, cost of living, and access to police, fire, and medical help. Most importantly, the LRTP includes all transportation projects that our urbanized area intends to build within the next 25 years. A project can not receive federal funding if it is not included in the LRTP.
The general public is always encouraged to participate in our planning processes. Throughout the process for Envision HOI, staff sought multiple ways to engage the public and encourage participation!
People that can and do attend public meetings often times are not reflective of the community at whole. Staff utilized the MindMixer platform to bring a town hall meeting for Envision HOI into the living rooms and offices of residents around the region. Throughout the plan’s development, members of the public were able to discuss transportation priorities and potential improvements with each other along with Staff. The platform provided a more diverse base of respondents and provided a voice for people who may have not had one in a traditional public engagement process.
Early in the planning process, Staff identified main themes that could be used as topics for focus groups. These focus groups would invite experts, advocates, and the public to join for round table discussions of issues related to most critical topics. These focus groups included:
Attendees of one of two open houses had the chance to learn more about the transportation planning process, provide input via our online engagement platform, and prioritize various transportation projects submitted by municipalities throughout the region.
Whenever a draft of the LRTP or any transportation document is complete, the public has a chance to review it in full. This can be done electronically by accessing the draft document online, or by viewing it in-person at one of 36 public review sites across the region. Each review site has a paper copy of the plan available along with feedback forms for leaving comments or remarks.
To learn more about how you can participate in planning processes visit our Get Involved page!