Long-range transportation plan sets course for system investments
Vermont’s transportation system will face many challenges in the next two decades – vehicle automation, more frequent extreme weather events, water quality issues, funding challenges, and more. The recently completed Vermont Long-Range Transportation Plan will serve as a guide for priorities and investments to address these challenges at a statewide level.
The plan, completed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), was developed through significant public engagement and collaboration with regional and municipal stakeholders and provides a broad framework to guide investments in Vermont’s transportation system. The plan looks out to the year 2040 and explores demographic and economic trends, technology and climate changes, funding challenges, and other areas that will likely affect our future transportation system.
VTrans reports that the priorities expressed in the plan include improving safety for all users of the transportation system, maintaining existing infrastructure and improving the customer travel experience. Technology is certain to play a significant role. Vehicle automation aims to increase highway safety and may increase overall mobility. Intelligent transportation systems already enable us to fine-tune our traffic signals, optimize plow routes, and efficiently manage incidents.
“The transportation system is the state’s backbone, enabling passenger and freight movement to all corners and beyond, providing access to services and goods for residents and visitors alike,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. “A healthy, multimodal transportation system supports healthy communities, where people want to live, work, and play, all driving a strong economy, making Vermont more affordable and protecting its most vulnerable. This plan will serve a framework to guide us and our partners in the continued improvement of Vermont’s transportation system.”
Though many of the actions to support the plan will be led by Agency of Transportation as the state’s primary transportation agency, a significant portion of the work will depend on partnerships with other agencies and organizations. For more information on the plan, visit vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/long-range-plan.