The Birmingham MPO is required to develop and maintain a regional transportation plan for the Birmingham metropolitan area. The Regional Transportation Plan is a long-range plan that includes a balanced mix of projects such as bridges, bicycle paths, sidewalks, transit services, new and upgraded roadways, safety improvements, transportation demand management initiatives and emission reduction strategies. In short, the RTP is a "blueprint" that guides the region's federal transportation investments in the transportation system to reduce congestion, build new sidewalks and bicycle facilities, improve transit service and access to transit and maintain freight access over a period of several decades. The plan must be updated every five years.
The Birmingham MPO adopted the latest version of the regional transportation plan on June 9, 2010. Entitled, the Birmingham 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, the RTP recognizes that whether it is getting to work by car, biking to the store, or moving freight, transportation is the key to ensuring a high quality of life for every one of the region's citizens. A safe, connected, and well maintained transportation system is essential to growing the economy, and connecting and moving people, goods and services.
The RTP speaks to:
- The need to combat congestion
- The need to provide connections between critical resources
- The need to protect natural resources, and;
- The need to strengthen the economy
The RTP entails many components: safety, freight, roads, bikeways, pedestrian services, public transit, alternative transportation, transportation maintenance, transportation security, the Intelligent Transportation System (which includes computerized message boards), analysis for air quality, and the forecasting of future land use.
The vision, goals, and wide-ranging policies on which the plan is based describe the major concepts that the region's residents would like to achieve with the transportation system, and reflects local desires for travel and transportation as expressed in these communities' adopted comprehensive and master plans. This framework lays a foundation for the kinds of plans and projects that will provide the best transportation solutions.
The RTP must be updated every four years. Amendments may be made to the plan as new projects, funding or programs arise.
- Executive Summary (13mb)
- Chapter 1 Introduction
- Chapter 2 State of the Region
- Chapter 3 RTP Goals and Objectives
- Chapter 4 Transportation System Needs Assessment
- Chapter 5 Transportation Investment Strategy (8mb)
- Appendix 5A: Activity Centers and Regional Mobility Hubs
- Appendix 5B: Non-Motorized Transportation Project Cut Sheets
- Appendix 5C: Project List of 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the Metropolitan Planning Area (Project Listing Only)
- Appendix 5D: Project Evaluation Questionnaires and Ranking Tables
- Chapter 6 Financial Plan
- Chapter 7 Environmental Considerations
- Chapter 8 Plan Implementation and Monitoring
- Capacity Project List
Amended 2035 RTP
- FY-2012 Amended Capacity List of Appendix 5C
- FY-2011 Amended Capacity list of Appendix 5C
- Appendix 2035 RTP Fact Sheet
Air Quality Conformity Report
- This report can be found on the Air Quality Conformity page.
Transportation Improvement Plan
- This report can be found on the Transportation Improvement Plan page.
Public Involvement Documentation
- Documentation can be found on the Public Involvement page.