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 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, the current edition of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, the State of the System, and the Air Quality Conformity Determination were adopted by EWG’s Board of Directors on June 28, 2023.

Performance Based Planning

EWG incorporates performance-based planning in to the long-range transportation planning process to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. This includes:

    1. a strategic policy direction established through guiding principles,
    2. transportation project evaluation criteria to assess alignment of transportation projects to the guiding principles,
    3. the development of an investment plan allocation,
    4. and on-going monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on system performance to help to inform future cycles of planning.

Performance Dashboard

Related Strategic Reports

In recent years, EWG has developed reports in conjunction with the development of the long-range transportation plan to provide a deep dive into transportation topics influencing long-term industry trends.

Transportation Equity Assessment (2022)

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. Learn more about the assessment here.


Emerging Transportation Technology (2017)

St. Louis Region Emerging Transportation Technology Strategic PlanThe The St. Louis Region Emerging Transportation Technology Strategic Plan was developed in response to the rapidly advancing technologies that are already disrupting the transportation industry and challenging policymakers involved in transportation planning and investment decision-making. The plan, developed in conjunction with Connected 2045 Update, is designed to help EWG better position itself to prepare for emerging transportation technologies in its planning and investment decision-making processes.

Code of Federal Regulations 23 CFR 450.32
Check out the federal requirements for EWG to prepare a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) also known as a LRTP.

Guiding Principles
Learn how we updated the region’s Guiding Principles as part of the Connected 2050 process.

Transportation Equity Assessment
Learn more about transportation equity in the region through an assessment of past investments and current conditions.


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Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at lrp@ewgateway.org.