Regional Transportation Planning

Transportation is one of the key contributors to the Eugene-Springfield region's quality of life and economic viability. Generally, the need for transportation stems from the need to access goods, services, and other people within and beyond the region. The ease by which citizens are able to get from home to school, to a job, to medical services, to shopping and back again is dependent upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the region's transportation system. There are two primary long range transportation plans that the Central Lane MPO is required to prepare, the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation System Plan

Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) guides planning and development of the transportation system within the Central Lane Transportation Management Area (TMA) (PDF). The federally-required RTP includes provisions for meeting the transportation demand of residents over at least a 20-year planning horizon while addressing transportation issues and making changes that can contribute to improvements in the region’s quality of life and economic vitality. It includes consideration of all transportation modes: roadways, transit, bikeways and pedestrian circulation, as well as freight movement and regional aspects of air, rail and inter-city bus service.

Planning Activities & Investments

The regional planning process thus ensures that the planning activities and investments of the local jurisdictions are coordinated in terms of intent, timing, and effect. Projects in the RTP are initiated at the local and state level:
  • Planning processes of the cities of Eugene, Springfield, and Coburg
  • Lane Transit District
  • Lane County
  • Oregon Department of Transportation - ODOT
Those projects that anticipate Federal funding or are regionally significant with potential impact on air quality must be included in the RTP.

Federal Compliance

The RTP is required by the federal government for all metropolitan areas with populations over 50,000. In compliance with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and with the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule (TPR), the RTP contains transportation policies and expected actions, and is financially constrained to revenues reasonably expected to be available over the planning period. The RTP also includes demonstration of compliance with federal and state air quality requirements.

The RTP must be updated at least every 4 years, and must include participation by the citizens of the region.

We are currently updating the 2020-2045 RTP and want to hear from you! The project's online open house is open from now until February 28th. Visit the link below to share your thoughts and learn more about the project in the online open house. Participants are eligible to enter a raffle and win a $25 gift card to Fred Meyer.

Regional Transportation Plan Online Open House
The Metropolitan Planning Committee adopted the 2016-2040 RTP May 4, 2017.

Adopted 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Adopted 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan Chapters 1-4 
Adopted 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan Appendices A-G Includes all Project Maps
The Regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Plan (adopted 2004) is a component of the current RTP.  This document can be accessed from the ODOT web page. The executive summary can be obtained here.

Regional Transportation System Plan

The RTSP serves a functional role as the "link" between the local Transportation System Plans and the RTP; it is a state-mandated transportation system plan that must be prepared for an MPO region.

TransPlan is the current RTSP for the Eugene-Springfield area.  It was adopted, updated and amended by the full governing bodies of Eugene, Springfield and Lane County.  It was most recently amended in July 2002.  TransPlan also served as the RTP for the MPO which at that time did not include the City of Coburg.  Since then, new RTPs have replaced TransPlan, the latest being adopted in 2017. 

July 2002 TransPlan, As Amended

Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction 
Chapter 2 – Policy Element
Chapter 3 – Plan Implementation 
Chapter 4 – Plan Performance and Implementation Monitoring  
Appendix A – TransPlan Maps: 
     Potential Nodal Development Areas 
     Financially-Constrained Roadway Projects 
     Future Roadway Projects 
     Roadway Functional Classification 
     Bus Rapid Transit  
     Financially-Constrained Bikeway System Projects
     Priority Bikeway System Projects 
     Future Bikeway Projects 
     Goods Movement and Intermodal Facilities 
Appendix B – Level of Service Standards 
Appendix C – TransPlan Update Process Documentation 
Appendix D – List of Supporting Documents 
Appendix E – Glossary and Acronyms 
Appendix F – Metro Plan Text Amendments 
Appendix G – LCDC Order Approving Alternative Plan Performance Measures 
Prior to the 2002 amendments, a fully updated version of TransPlan was adopted in December 2001.

Additional Resources
2014 Travel Barriers and Benefits Survey Report
2020 Travel Barriers and Benefits Survey Report