Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan

Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization

Objective

Update the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization to comply with SAFETEA-LU requirements, respond to funding limitations, and further multimodal and sustainable planning goals.

Our Approach

Cambridge Systematics led the development of the Chattanooga 2035 LRTP that includes a performance-based framework, including goals, objectives, and performance measures, prioritizing projects by tier, while demonstrating fiscal constraint. As part of the LRTP update, Cambridge Systematics weaved a new Complete Streets component throughout the entirety of the LRTP. Other elements included:

  • Utilize public outreach and participation plans to consider input from the general public, key stakeholder groups, and task forces representing particular transportation interests.
  • Respond to national, state, and local transportation funding limitations by selecting the most cost-effective, sustainable, and efficient investments for the 2035 LRTP.
  • Update the base year TransCAD model to the year 2007 and develop the future year 2035 model. The future year model was used to test various highway and transit alternatives to assist with development of a new multimodal 2035 LRTP.
  • Write the accompanying air quality Conformity Determination Report (CDR) for the tristate PM2.5 nonattainment area.

Project Results

The LRTP will help to support more sustainable, multimodal, and cost-effective transportation planning goals for years to come. For example, the 2035 LRTP increased emphasis on alternative modes of transport and provided additional system preservation funding as shown in Figure 1. The Plan addresses several components, including Complete Streets, Mass Transit, Bicycle/Pedestrian, Travel Demand Management, Safety and Security, and Intermodal, and also considers their financial feasibility. It also suggests potential additional studies for the future, including rail and highway transportation, tolls, land use, and safety.

The final Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan can be viewed here.