Missoula’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) establishes regional transportation goals and provides a project list and investment strategies to support a growing and changing Missoula. Updated approximately every 4 years, the LRTP coordinates transportation projects and programs carried out by various partners across the region to ensure our system is comprehensive and coordinated as needs and priorities shift over time. View the 2016 LRTP update here: Activate Missoula 2045
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.’ Click the PARTICIPATE button to provide your input on transportation projects and values and draft goals. Learn more about the MPO and the LRTP update below!
Working with the community to better understand how residents want to travel—and the places they most need to go—will inform which projects the MPO prioritizes for future funding. Through Missoula Connect, the MPO, along with consultant, Nelson\Nygaard, is transitioning to a second phase of the process. Learn about all of the ways to engage virtually!
Interested in learning more about the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization? MPOs are federally required for urban areas greater than 50,000. Missoula's MPO was established in 1982 and is responsible for long-range planning and programming of federal transportation funds within the Missoula area. Click here to learn about more about who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
One of the Missoula-area's largest planning projects that will be underway in 2020 is an update to our Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which we're calling Missoula Connect. The federal government requires that we prepare a LRTP every four years. It is a plan that looks at all modes of transportation and identifies future priorities for projects and funding. Missoula is on the move and we need to ensure we're not only keeping pace but staying ahead. Click here to learn more about Missoula Connect and view the project timeline.
Relying on previous planning work and extensive community outreach, Missoula Connect integrates existing plans and projects to create a sustainable transportation future that improves mobility and access across all modes for all Missoula area residents, workers, and visitors. A strong transportation plan is critical to the success of Missoula’s growth policy, and Missoula Connect will knit together our land use and transportation goals. Check out the Existing Conditions Report, the first component of the LRTP update!
To ensure the safety of our residents and staff, we will be cancelling all non-essential, in-person meetings and open houses until further notice. Planning projects will continue on schedule, with any in-person meetings or events taking place remotely, as it allows. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us via email with any questions or concerns.
For more COVID-19 updates, you can stay informed through the City/County Health Department web site and information line at 406-258-INFO.