The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a federally mandated document developed under regional collaboration and consensus, which defines a vision for the region’s transportation systems and services over a 25 year period. Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), is the transportation entity of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, which is the Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for carrying out the LRTP in the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area.
Due to its significant influence on the regional transportation system, the LRTP includes performance measures to track progress toward the completion of LRTP goals and objectives over time. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, well-developed performance measures will enable decision-makers to quickly “observe the effects of a proposed transportation plan, or monitor trends in transportation system performance over time.”
The performance measures are organized by the LRTP’s six planning pillars: Safety and Security, Resilient Economy, Multimodal Economy, Accessibility and Affordability, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Balanced Development. Performance measures containing comparable data were assigned with a Positive, Neutral, or Negative rating depending on the trend, which is symbolized by a radial symbol. The ratings for the Safety and Security Performance Measures are generally based on the 5-year rolling average, however there are some cases where there is an increase or decrease in the absolute number that doesn’t match an increase or decrease in the 5-year rolling average which often results in a Neutral rating.