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MTP Update 2023-2050

The SKATS Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP, formerly known as the Regional Transportation Systems Plan) provides a guide for maintaining and improving the current transportation system and identifies priority transportation investments.  As part of the continuous planning process, the MTP is updated every four years, with the latest adoption on May 28, 2019 by the SKATS Policy Committee.

This update will culminate in a Public Hearing on May 23, 2023 to consider the draft MTP and AQCD (Air Quality Conformity Determination) covering the years 2023 to 2050 for adoption. Before that date, all chapters of the current MTP will be  updated with the latest information, reviewed by the SKATS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Policy Committee (PC), as well as being available for public review. Public outreach will take place throughout the next 16 months via a variety of methods – including mailers, online maps and comment forms, and presentations to interested groups. 

We conducted a survey people living in the Salem-Keizer-Turner metropolitan area of their top challenges, issues, and concerns with their day-to-day travel. The results were presented to the Policy Committee at their April 2022 meeting (PDF).

Additional information on the projects and programs in SKATS is available on the SKATS Transportation Hub.

More Information

For more information on the Update to the RTSP contact:

Ray Jackson at rjackson@mwvcog.org or 503 540 1607

To be added to our mailing list to receive updates:

Lori Moore at lomoore@mwvcog.org 

Below is the schedule as revised in April 2022 for this update which includes many opportunities for input from the public. This schedule will be updated as dates and events are confirmed. We welcome your ideas and participation! (Please note that due to the uncertainty surrounding the ability to safely hold in-person meetings within the next year, any in-person events will be scheduled and announced separately in the future).

Policy Committee (PC) meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon, and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm both at the MWVCOG offices located at 100 High Street SE in Salem. Agendas and materials are posted one (1) week before the meeting on this website.

January 2022:                        

  • TAC: Discuss the proposed schedule and renaming
  • PC: Discuss the proposed schedule and renaming of RTSP to MTP
  • Public: Send to interested parties the proposed schedule of events via email, web, and social media posts.

February 2022:                           

  • TAC: Discuss policies, Goals, and Objectives                    
  • PC: Discuss policies, Goals, and Objectives 
  • Public: Review and comment on policies, Goals, and Objectives

March 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review project evaluation criteria              
  • PC: Review project evaluation criteria
  • Public: Outreach including mailing a postcard to 20k households with link to a webpage with a short survey and info on the MTP and TIP updates.

April 2022:                           

  • TAC: Discussion of Outreach results          
  • PC:  Discussion of Outreach results.
  • Public: Comments on the items to be discussed at the TAC/PC

May 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Chapter 2 – Policies and Chapter 3 – Goals                   
  • PC: Discuss Goals, Objectives and Criteria
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapter

June 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Population and Employment Forecasts (Appendix A)        
  • PC:  Review Population and Employment Forecasts (Appendix A)  
  • PC:  Meeting dedicated to TIP project applications
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapter

July 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Chapter 4 – Existing System        
  • PC: Discussion on Criteria for project evaluation
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft appendix

August 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Chapter 5 – Needs Analysis / Identified Gaps                  
  • PC:  Discussion on Criteria for project evaluation (cont.)
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapter
  • Other: List of projects is assembled for later review

September 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Financial forecasts                
  • PC: Review Financial forecasts, Criteria for project evaluation (if necessary)  
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapter

October 2022:                           

  • TAC: Project Evaluation                   
  • PC:  Project Evaluation
  • Public: Review and comment on proposed projects (Dates TBA, likely late Sept to mid-Oct)

November 2022:                           

  • TAC: Review Chapter 7 – Proposed System, Chapter 8 – Impacts, Appendices on Environmental Justice and Performance Report.                   
  • PC: Review Chapter 7 – Proposed System, Chapter 8 – Impacts, Appendices on Environmental Justice and Performance Report.
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapters

December 2022:                           

  • TAC:  Review Chapter 9 – Outstanding Issues                  
  • PC: No Meeting unless required 
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapter

January 2023:                           

  • TAC:  Review first draft, focus on Chapter 1 – Intro, Executive Summary, and Appendices.
  • PC:  Review first draft, focus on Chapter 1 – Intro, Executive Summary, Chapter 9 – Outstanding Issues, and Appendices
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapters

February 2023:                           

  • TAC:  Review Public Review Draft of the MTP and the draft AQCD                  
  • PC:  Review Public Review Draft of the MTP and the draft AQCD
  • Public: Review and comment on the draft chapters

March 2023:                         

  • TAC:  Review Public Review Draft of the MTP and the draft AQCD and recommend release for public review and comment                 
  • PC: Review Public Review Draft of the MTP and the draft AQCD and release for public review and comment
  • Public: Start of the Public Review and Comment period on the draft MTP and AQCD

April 2023:                           

  • TAC: Review public outreach results                    
  • PC: Review public outreach results 
  • Public: Public Comment period on the draft MTP and AQCD (through April 28, 2023). Outreach efforts and events TBA.

May 2023:                           

  • TAC: Review public comments and recommend adoption of MTP and AQCD                    
  • PC: Public Hearing on May 23, 2023 at Noon for proposed adoption of the MTP and AQCD 
  • Public: Public Hearing on May 23, 2023, includes a public comment period.
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