Long-Range Transportation Planning
East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is responsible for developing the St. Louis region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. This plan offers EWG’s vision and priorities for the St. Louis transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes, and serves as the framework for regional transportation decision-making and investments. This document is updated every four years and must balance technical needs, budgetary constraints, and public desires.
Connected 2050 – Draft
Connected 2050 Draft, the long-range transportation plan (LRTP) for the St. Louis region, establishes a project- and policy-based framework that will be implemented through a variety of short range transportation plans and programs. The policies established by the plan will guide EWG as it prioritizes funding for all modes of transportation— including roads, public transportation, freight, bicycle, pedestrian, and paratransit in the region over the next 26 years.
The current editions of the Long-Range Plan, Connected2045-Update, the State of the System Report, and the Air Quality Conformity Determination were adopted by EWG’s Board of Directors on June 26, 2019.
On May 11, 2023 and May 16, 2023 East-West Gateway conducted two informational webinars to share the contents of the plan and gather feedback during the public comment period. Replay the webinar to learn about the plan’s content. The final draft of the plan will be available July 2023.
What is included in Connected 2050 Draft?
- Regional Context: Provides a historical overview of transportation and other policies and their impacts on the St. Louis region and identifies a vision of how transportation can help to ensure that all people have access to opportunities.
- Plan Development: Summarizes key community engagement efforts to develop the policy framework and identify key projects for Connected 2050 Draft.
- Guiding Principles: Introduces the guiding principles and summarizes EWG’s efforts to implement a performance-driven, outcome-based planning and programming process in line with federal requirements.
- System Performance: Highlights key regional performance measures to track long-term progress and contains the system performance report.
- Investment Plan: Includes Connected 2050’s transportation investment plan outlining the project evaluation criteria, financial capacity, project list, and air quality conformity determination.
- State of the System Appendix: The data and analysis behind the development of Connected 2050 Draft.
- Air Quality Conformity Analysis: To ensure the projects included in Connected 2050 will not adversely affect the air quality standards we are striving to meet, a conformity analysis has been completed.
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- Audio Book
Transportation Equity Assessment
As part of the Connected 2050 planning process, a Transportation Equity Assessment was completed. This assessment examines how past investments and policy decisions created disparities in transportation outcomes today and proposes recommendations for making sure future dollars create the most benefit for everyone in our region. Click the button below for more information.
Measuring and tracking the performance of the region’s transportation system is a fundamental component of the long-range transportation plan (LRTP) and the performance-based planning process. Performance measurement allows planners to assess the current state of the system to develop recommendations for improvements, evaluate the effectiveness of recently implemented improvements, and forecast the effectiveness of planned improvements.