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Long Range Transportation Plan Moving Forward RI – Transportation 2040

Public Notice

Rhode Island State Planning Council’s

Transportation Advisory Committee


Long Range Transportation Plan

Moving Forward RI – Transportation 2040


The Rhode Island State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is accepting public comments on the State’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Moving Forward RI-Transportation 2040.  The purpose of the Long-Range Transportation Plan is to develop a vision for surface transportation in the state over a 20-year planning horizon. This vision is comprehensive, covering all surface transportation modes (e.g. automobiles, trucks, public transit trains and buses, and ferries) and sectors (e.g. commuter travel, freight and goods movement). Long-Range Transportation Plans are informed by a variety of resources including federal and state transportation and land use policy, transportation data sets, funding availability and projections, and public and stakeholder outreach.  The LRTP is an essential element of the state’s transportation planning process.  


Moving Forward RI is a groundbreaking from LRTPs of the past for three primary reasons: 

  1. It is a data-driven and goals-oriented plan; 
  2. The goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based; and 
  3. It incorporates a Bicycle Mobility Plan and the first-of-its-kind Transit Master Plan.   

In addition, this LRTP has been established in coordination with other statewide transportation plans and processes including the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, the State Asset Management Plan for the National Highway System (NHS), the Rhode Island Freight and Goods Movement Plan, the Bicycle Mobility Plan, the Transit Master Plan, and the Congestion Management Process / Plan.  

The Draft LRTP is available for review at or by special appointment at the offices of the Division of Statewide Planning between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

The TAC will accept public comments on the Draft LRTP, Bicycle Mobility Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Congestion Management Process / Plan at the web-based public hearing scheduled for October 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

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All persons, or representative, may present their views on these items during the online public hearing before the TAC.  Written comments may also be submitted via the Online Public Comment Form accessible here:  All comments must be received prior to 3:30 pm on November 9, 2020

The LRTP is a transportation plan for the State of Rhode Island and your comments help to shape decisions that will be made about the transportation network in years to come.

Note: The public meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Any individual requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these meetings should contact Thomas Mannock, Ph.D. at 401-222-6377 (voice) as soon as possible.  Individuals requesting foreign language translation services should contact Benny Bergantino at (401) 222-1755 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled start of a meeting. As of March 16, 2020, Governor Raimondo has issued Executive Order 20-05, allowing for certain public meetings to be held via phone or video conference.