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1 1 Overview of the CLRP The Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan TPB Citizens Advisory Committee March 10, 2005

2 2 l The CLRP – Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan - Comprehensively updated every three years - Horizon must be at least 25 years l The TIP – Transportation l Improvement Program— - Must be updated every two years - Always a six-year program Key Documents of the TPB

3 3 The TPB Process: A Condition for Federal Funding All regionally significant transportation projects must be included in the CLRP and the TIP in order to receive federal funding.

4 4 Two Key Federal Requirements l Financial constraint — The CLRP & TIP may only include projects that can be “reasonably anticipated” to be funded. l Emissions impacts — The CLRP & TIP must meet the limits established in the region’s air quality improvement plan. This is called a “conformity finding.”

5 5 How often is the CLRP updated? Federal law requires a comprehensive update every three years (The “Triennial Update”). This update includes a comprehensive financial analysis. In practice, the CLRP is usually amended every year.

6 6 CLRP Development in Recent Years – – Triennial Update – Big focus on the regional financial shortfall – “A System in Crisis” 2001 – Amendments delayed because of air quality conformity issues 2002 – Amendments approved after conformity issues resolved.

7 7 CLRP Development in Recent Years – – Triennial Update – Sparked interest in short-term financial problems, particularly for Metro. (“Time to Act” study) 2004 – Amendment process dominated by the Intercounty Connector – Proposed amendments include Beltway HOT lanes in Virginia – Triennial Update is scheduled.

8 8 Funding Situation Long-term funding available: $93.3 billion, (2003 CLRP) $3.6 billion per year Short-term shortfall: $13.2 billion, (“Time to Act” study) Long-term shortfall (most recent estimate): At least $1.74 billion per year (2000 CLRP and System in Crisis campaign)

9 9 Some Recent Major Projects Added to the CLRP in 2004: Intercounty Connector (MD) Some new projects added to the CLRP in 2003: Corridor Cities Transitway (MD) K Street Busway (DC) Anacostia Light Rail (DC) Some projects in CLRP before 2003: Rail to Dulles (VA) Woodrow Wilson Bridge Springfield Interchange (VA) Bi-County Transitway (MD) – “The Purple Line” (only Bethesda-Silver Spring) Tri-County Parkway (VA) HOV on the Beltway in Virginia (Legion Bridge-Springfield)

10 CLRP Major Projects Submitted Beltway HOT lanes (VA) Bypass around Manassas Battlefield (VA) Busway betweeen Crystal City and Potomac Yard (VA) Upgrade 7900 (VA) Improve Interchange construction at I-495 and Arena Drive in Prince George’s County (MD) Widen MD 27 near Clarksburg (MD)

11 CLRP Schedule Feb 10 – Mar 12 – Public comment period on whether project submissions should be included air quality conformity analysis. Mar 16 – Approval of projects submissions for inclusion in the air quality conformity analysis. July 20 – Sept 9 – Public comment period on proposed 2005 CLRP, TIP and draft conformity determination. Sept 21 – Approval of CLRP, TIP and conformity determination.

12 12 NEXT YEAR: 2006 CLRP Triennial Update Expected to follow a schedule similar to past years. Will include a comprehensive financial analysis. Project inputs for next year’s update will be developed this year by the region’s transportation implementing agencies: DOTs, WMATA, local agencies, etc.

13 13 Issues to think about… 1.The CLRP represents a prioritization process: Some projects get chosen; others are left out for various reasons. What projects should be in the CLRP?

14 14 Issues to think about… 2. The selection of projects for the 2006 CLRP mostly will be happening this year, not next. What opportunities should the public have to get involved in the CLRP development?

15 15 Issues to think about… 3. The CLRP update process usually raises concerns about the region’s transportation funding shortfall. How should this message be presented as part of next year’s update?


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