Missoula Connect, our region's long-range transportation plan, has taken shape as a final plan. After dozens of community conversations and events, we are excited to have a plan that will guide transportation planning for the next 30 years. Click the buttons below to view the final plan, appendices, and the resident's guide.
Kicking off in January 2020, Missoula Connect began gathering insights from residents, businesses, and community organizations with an emphasis on values-based priorities for the area’s future transportation. The public was first asked to weigh in on what is important and why. Examples of values based input include: ‘I value an efficient commute so I can spend more time recreating or with family,’ Wider bikes lanes are important to me so I feel safe riding downtown,’ or ‘I’d like to see increased bus service mid-day so it’s easier to use public transportation for my errands.’ Learn more about the MPO and the LRTP update below.
STEP 1: COLLECT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
We gathered more than 200 project and program ideas, including recommendations from the 2016 Long-Range Transportation Plan and new suggestions from our committees and from residents across the region.
STEP 2: SCREEN PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
We sorted through the ideas and identified those that are appropriate for a regional long-range plan. We combined some projects and passed others along to the City and County for their planning efforts. Finally, we moved the program ideas into a separate list so they can be added to our final Missoula Connect recommendations.
STEP 3: SCORE PROJECTS
Even after screening the projects, we had more than 150 individual ideas for improving the transportation system. We used over 20 criteria to score these projects and determine which best meet Missoula Connect goals.
STEP 4: DEVELOP SCENARIOS
We used the projects that scored the highest—or those that are most likely to advance our region’s goals—to develop three transportation network scenarios. These three scenarios and two approaches to growth are the focus of community outreach in December 2020.
STEP 5: PRIORITIZE RECOMMENDED PROJECTS
We’ve taken the feedback you shared about the scenarios that best meet your needs and worked with our committees to create a Recommended Scenario. The Recommended Scenario combines projects from all three of the previous scenarios, with a focused on Enhanced Connections and Regional Equity.