The long range transportation plan (LRTP) is a strategic document for the Pikes Peak region that identifies current and future transportation needs and outlines transportation investments over the next 25 years. The next long range transportation plan (LRTP), the 2050 Pikes Peak Area Regional Transportation Plan, is scheduled for adoption in January 2025. However, the development of the LRTP is a multiyear process that includes many subplans and elements.

Call for Projects

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments held a call for projects to be included in the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. One requirement for using Federal funds for transportation projects is that it be included in the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s regional transportation plan. The Call for Projects was for transportation projects of all modes including roads, bridges, highways, non-motorized, and transit.

Submitted projects were scored and evaluated, and the recommended list of projects is being evaluated for inclusion in the LRTP.

Public Engagement

PPACG emphasizes community involvement in all its planning and public involvement procedures. A Public Involvement Plan has been developed for the LRTP that outlines the target audiences, strategies, and tactics to conduct a substantive and well-planned community participation process that encourages proactive and continuous public involvement.

Regional Transportation Plan Advisory Committee

PPACG has assembled a Regional Transportation Plan Advisory Committee (RTPAC) composed of local organizations and jurisdictions. RTPAC meetings are intended to provide opportunity for PPACG to share information with these participants as well as invite their input and perspective in to the plan development process.

The RTPAC meets approximately once per quarter. The most recent RTPAC meeting was held February 20, 2024 The next RTPAC meeting is anticipated for summer 2024.

Long Range Transportation Plan Public Survey

PPACG consultant Kearns and West conducted a public survey August 3 through September 7, 2023. The survey was available in both English and Spanish and in digital and hard copy formats. This survey was self-selecting and is not statistically valid, meaning that it was completed by those who chose to participate and is not intended to be an accurate cross-representation of area residents. However, it does provide discussion points that can be explored through the LRTP development and with the local jurisdictions that develop transportation projects

Results were shared with our PPACG committees and will be integrated into the LRTP. An infographic overview of the results and a summary report of the results are available for download.

Component Plans and Studies

There are several component plans and studies that feed into the LRTP. The LRTP is intended to pull information from these efforts and provide coordination from a regional perspective as much as possible. It is not intended to replace local planning efforts.

Component plans and studies include plans and studies conducted by the local towns, cities, and counties included in the region, the Congestion Management Process, Regional Freight Study, Active (Bicycle/Pedestrian/Nonmotorized) Transportation Plan, Regional Transit Plan and Specialized Human Services Plan.

The Congestion Management Process outlines a regional approach for congestion that provides a range of management strategies that meet state and local needs. It was approved by the PPACG Board of Directors in December 2022. Other component plans are in progress.

As part of PPACG’s 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Regional Transit and Specialized Transportation (Specialized Human Services) Plans serve as a framework for transit and specialized services for the Pikes Peak region. The 2050 Regional Transit Plan provides guidance when considering changes in service, frequencies, new projects, and growth of the system. The 2050 Specialized Transportation Plan focuses on coordination, partnerships, and resource sharing among the region’s specialized transportation providers. These plans are a chapter within the LRTP, and are updated every five years.

PPACG-developed documents may be made available in alternative formats or languages upon request.

For more information about the LRTP, contact Danelle Miller at dmiller@ppacg.org.