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Long Range Transportation Plans

The purpose of a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is to develop a comprehensive framework of collaborative strategies for operating, maintaining and financing a region’s transportation system in such a way as to advance long term goals and objectives.  LRTPs establish a defensible structure for sound (20 year) strategic transportation planning and decision making by: identifying existing strengths and weaknesses within the transportation network; implementing cooperative transportation partnerships; identifying future trends; and developing recommendations and actions that agencies can utilize to achieve the goals and objectives of the plan.

Transportation infrastructure plays a vital role in allowing public access to America’s treasures. Federal Legislation requires all Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) to conduct long range transportation planning in a manner generally consistent with current statewide and metropolitan scale transportation planning processes.  The Federal Highway Administration, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division Planning Team is responsible for either developing or assisting in the creation and implementation of LRTPs for our FLMA Partners including:  National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Transportation plans vary in terms of their planning horizon, scope, purpose and geographic scale. However, the same general planning process should be followed whether the plan is being developed at a unit, statewide, multi-state regional or national scale. The diversity of transportation assets, the varied conditions, the sensitive environments and the growing and evolving needs of the visitors to these federal lands are among the challenges that face these agencies.  Adding to these challenges are the modern day needs related to safety, congestion and addressing the implications of climate change, all of this occurring in a fiscally constrained environment.  It is imperative that agencies prioritize their transportation needs and investments across all travel modes and facilities and spend transportation dollars wisely.  LRTPs are utilized by the FLMAs to guide decision making and prioritize future funding to fulfill the transportation needs for the betterment of their region or unit. 

View Current Plans

National Park Service

Northeast Region

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Region 3 (Midwest)

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Key Deer NWR

Felsenthal/Overflow NWR

U.S. Forest Service


Georgia Long Range Transportation Plan



Virginia Plan Appendices (PDF files)