The public is invited to attend an open house for the Billings Urban Area Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). According to the press release, the event is on Thursday, October 6, from 5 to 6:30 in the Community Room at the Billings Public Library.
Public input for the updating process of the LRTP is needed to help identify ways to build on the existing transportation system in Billings. It will also help make stable investments for future transportation choices in the community. Public input for this project is very important in creating this community safety effort.
Those who attend the open house learn about the importance of the plan and why it matters for the community. There will also be a discussion on areas of improvement in the current system and how it can be improved. It will also identify how to address each project goal regarding safety, accessibility, equity, etc.
The Billings-Yellowstone County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is conducting the updating process for the LRTP. The city of Billings is included in the planning area that extends four and a half miles outside city limits. The LRTP addresses all transportation forms and elements, including public transit and transportation. The plan is required to meet state, local, and federal requirements.
MPOs must update transportation plans every four to five years, with the last plan updated in 2018. The LRTP also entails technical work, such as data gathering and future growth projections. It also identifies short and long-range projects for transportation and a final review plan where comments are encouraged. There will be other opportunities for the public to provide input and help develop future community plans.
Those who cannot attend the open house can review the content and provide public comments online.