The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a guide for the development of the area's transportation system over the next 20+ years. The LRTP is required by federal regulations to be updated once every five years in order for the Bismarck-Mandan area to be eligible for federal transportation dollars for transportation improvements. The updates allow the MPO jurisdictions an opportunity to re-examine their values related to transportation, as well as provide an opportunity for the area to consider how their transportation system should look and function in the future.
The LRTP addresses transportation system needs and provides a set of methods, strategies, and actions for developing an integrated multi-modal transportation system that supports the efficient movement of people and goods. The LRTP considers all relevant modes of transportation in the area including pedestrians, bicyclists, automobile drivers, transit users, and freight shippers.