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State Long Range Transportation Database

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Purpose of Database:
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), has developed the State Long-Range Transportation Plan Database as a technical resource for State DOTs and other stakeholders.

For comments or questions on the database or accompanying report, please contact Lorrie Lau, FHWA project manager (, or William Lyons, Volpe Center project manager (

The information in the database is based on the Volpe team’s review of 51 state long-range transportation plans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An accompanying report (available here) provides analysis from the review and summarizes detailed findings. A nine-member project advisory group advised the research team on priority topics of interest for the review of statewide long-range transportation plans. The advisory group included representatives of the Transportation Research Board’s Statewide Multimodal Planning Committee, other State DOTs, and representatives of stakeholder organizations.

Topics in Database:
The database presents information on how individual plans address the following ten transportation planning topics:

  • Plan type: identifies a plan’s primary focus or orientation. The seven major plan types are described below:
    • Policy-based plans primarily focus on outlining transportation policy directions for the state.
    • Performance-based plans are organized around a set of performance measures, targets, or timeframes to guide planning, project development, maintenance, and operations decisions.
    • Needs-based plans focus on analyzing transportation needs for the state by considering available or alternative revenue sources or through reference to demographic or travel demand projections.
    • Project-based plans identify specific projects to be undertaken to meet the plan’s transportation policies or goals.
    • Fiscally realistic/constrained plans set long-term directions for the state’s transportation system through reference to projected capital and operating costs and revenues.
    • Vision-based plans identify an ideal future state transportation system, often through incorporating public input on a preferred vision.
    • Corridor-based plans focus on specific transportation corridors (e.g., multimodal and intermodal transportation networks within a specific geographic area) through description of major corridors, consideration of corridor conditions, or description of potential corridor projects.
  • Transportation modes addressed: identifies transportation modes addressed within the plan.
  • Financial analysis: identifies whether a plan includes certain elements of financial planning or analysis, such as estimates for needs, revenues, costs, and budget shortfalls, as well as funding scenarios or innovative funding methods.
  • Statewide plans referenced: identifies whether plans reference other statewide planning products, such as modal or climate change action plans.
  • Performance measures: identifies performance measures included in plans as well as examples of specific measures and their applications in the plans.
  • Guiding principles: identifies overarching policy categories that frame the plan and the state’s transportation direction.
  • Climate change: identifies plans that include references to climate change mitigation/greenhouse gas reductions or impacts/adaptation, along with a description of how each topic is discussed within the plan.
  • High speed rail: identifies plans that reference high-speed rail, along with a description of how the topic is discussed within the plan.
  • Visualization/land use and transportation scenario planning: identifies plans that include a visualization component, or utilize land use or transportation scenario planning.
  • Sustainability/livable communities: identifies plans that reference sustainability or livability concepts, with a description of how the topic is addressed within the plan.

To provide updates or modifications to the database, please contact Alisa Fine of the Volpe Center at

Note: the information provided in the database is not intended as an exhaustive representation of how a topic was addressed in a state’s transportation planning process. The review was completed in winter and spring 2010 and focused on the information included in a state’s long-range transportation plan that was available at the time the review was conducted.

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