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.

LRTPs are written every five years with planning horizons of at least 20 years. PPACG is currently in the initial stages of developing the 2050 LRTP. For more information, see below.

MPO Boundary for the LRTP

This map identifies the boundary of the Metropolitan Planning Organization

The next long range transportation plan (LRTP), the Moving Forward 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.

2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

The current LRTP, the Moving Forward 2045 Pikes Peak Area Regional Transportation Plan, was amended by the PPACG Board of Directors in October 2021. Plan amendment information can be found in a separate plan amendment document. The plan amendment document can be found here. The plan amendment document is considered an extension of the LRTP and supersedes information found in the adopted 2045 Plan. The 2045 plan was previously adopted in January 2020. Click here to see the adopted 2045 LRTP chapters and appendices.



Previous PPACG 2040 LRTP

The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan was approved by the PPACG Board of Directors in November, 2015. The 2040 plan has been replaced by the PPACG Board approved 2045 Plan. Click below to see the 2040 LRTP page which contains the chapters and appendices of the previous plan.