Metropolitan Transportation Plan

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The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) provides a comprehensive, long-range look at the Salem-Keizer region and how to meet the anticipated transportation needs in a manner that is fiscally prudent. It is based on projections of population, employment and land-use for the communities during the next 20+ years. Projects that have a reasonable certainty of being funded and address mobility and safety needs and enhancements to the regional system or provide new service are identified in the plan.

On January 25, 2022, the SKATS Policy Committee approved the renaming of the Regional Transportation Systems Plan (RTSP) to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as part of the 2023 – 2050 Update. The 2023-2050 MTP was adopted by the SKATS Policy Committee on May 23, 2023. The next update is due by May 2027.

Associated with the MTP is the federally required Air Quality Conformity Determination. This document is updated at the same time as the MTP update.

The chapters and appendices of the 2023-2050 MTP are available below. 

The goals of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is to have a Regional Transportation System that is:

  1. Designed to allow easy access to people and goods, and meet the mobility needs for the region for the next 20 years;
  2. Preserved in good repair and replaced at the end of the their useful life, as necessary, and maintained to be usable to protect the region’s investment;
  3. Developed with the collaboration of state and local governments to enhance the safety and security of the regional system for all users and modes of travel;
  4. Meets the needs for users of the regional transportation system: that the benefits and burdens of the transportation system are not disproportionately distributed;
  5. Efficient to use: this refers to a system that provides the greatest benefit to the users of the system and does with projects that are cost appropriate;
  6. Multimodal and comprehensive, supportive of moving goods and people by the mode of their choice;
  7. Planned to minimize the impacts to the natural and built environment, including coordination with local government policies and plans;
  8. Developed and maintained with the funds available to the region;
  9. Invests in transportation infrastructure that supports a vibrant regional economy; and
  10. Based on the result of an open and continuous dialog with the public, other stakeholders, local jurisdictions, and agencies within the SKATS area