As the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Colorado Springs area, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) is responsible for developing and maintaining a regional, long-range transportation plan (LRTP).
Long-range transportation plans are required to comply with federal and state laws for regional and statewide planning, in order for the region to be eligible for federal transportation funding. All transportation projects that could significantly alter transportation or air quality within the metropolitan planning area must be included in the plan. The primary purpose of the plan is to develop a strategy for the best use of public funds in meeting community goals.
The LRTP provides the foundation for all other aspects of transportation decision-making by establishing the vision and goals for regional transportation, evaluating the system as a whole, and identifying strategies for implementation. It also presents an opportunity for decision-makers to understand the broader social, economic, and environmental impacts of transportation and land-use decisions.
LRTP’s are written every four years with planning horizons of at least 20 years.