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Planning Process

Draft Goals & Objectives Goals: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


GOAL 1 Preserve the Existing System: Maintain the transportation system in a state-of-good repair.

  • 1A. Maintain and rehabilitate the existing transportation system to achieve and maintain a state of good repair for all modes.


GOAL 2 Improve Safety: Increase the safety and security of the transportation network.

  • 2A. Reduce vehicle, pedestrian, and bicyclist crashes, especially those resulting in traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
  • 2B. Decrease emergency response time.
  • 2C. Reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency of transportation infrastructure from natural hazards and disasters.
  • 2D. Minimize conflicts between freight and other motorized and non-motorized travelers.


GOAL 3 Improve Travel Conditions: Develop an efficient multi-modal transportation system to reduce congestion, promote accessibility, and improve system reliability.

  • 3A. Decrease travel time.
  • 3B. Improve, as necessary, expressway, arterial, and collector roads and intersections to safely and efficiently handle projected traffic.
  • 3C. Establish an adequate number of access points from subdivisions to adjacent higher-order streets.
  • 3D. Improve the existing transportation system efficiency through the implementation of effective and innovative transportation system management (TSM), transportation demand management (TDM), and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) strategies.
  • 3E. Promote bicycle, pedestrian, and transit use.
  • 3F. Improve accessibility to major education, recreation, employment, commercial, health care, and other public facilities.
  • 3G. Enhance the physical connectivity between neighborhoods by increasing the number of roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connections.
  • 3H. Reduce congestion.
  • 3I. Reduce the passenger vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and passenger vehicle hours traveled (VHT) per capita.
  • 3J. Increase competitiveness of transit.
  • 3K. Improve year-round mobility for all modes.
  • 3L. Improve incident clearance time.
  • 3M. Improve system reliability for all modes.


GOAL 4 Support the Economy: Develop a transportation system that supports a thriving, sustainable, broad-based economy.

  • 4A. Optimize the transportation system to meet the needs of the Port of Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the Alaska Railroad, the military bases, employment centers, and industrial and commercial areas as well as enhancing intermodal capabilities.
  • 4B. Enhance Travel and Tourism.
  • 4C. Promote a dynamic transportation system that supports the local and regional economy and job growth.
  • 4D. Set policy and plan for new technology such as autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles.


GOAL 5 Promote Environmental Sustainability: In developing the transportation network, protect, preserve, and enhance the community’s natural and built environment and quality of life, including the equity of all users and social justice, while considering our northern climate and supports planned land use patterns.

  • 5A. Promote transportation improvements that provide for the needs of traditionally underserved populations.
  • 5B. Preserve and improve air quality to maintain the health and welfare of citizens.
  • 5C. Reduce or mitigate storm water impacts of surface transportation.
  • 5D. Use coordinated transportation and land use planning techniques that support intermodal connections to reduce reliance on auto trips.
  • 5E. Coordinate transportation and land use decisions to support livable, northern communities.
  • 5F. Minimize adverse impacts on existing communities, such as neighborhood through- traffic movements, speeding, noise, and light pollution, etc.
  • 5G. Minimize and mitigate impacts on the natural environment, such as water resources, fish and wildlife habitat, watersheds and wetlands, and parklands.
  • 5H. Enhance aesthetics through transportation improvements consistent with community character.
  • 5I. Match street design to the use and character of the community/ neighborhood through Complete Streets, recognizing that character may vary from primarily commercial to primarily residential and from primarily urban to primarily rural.


GOAL 6 Quality Decision-Making: Make sound public investments

  • 6A. Prioritize the projects within the MTP to optimize the benefit-cost ratio.
  • 6B. Consider the life-cycle costs of projects when evaluating and selecting them within the MTP.
  • 6C. Optimize benefits of capital expenditures.
  • 6D. Continue to improve regional cooperation and planning to address important transportation issues.
  • 6E. Reduce unnecessary project delivery delays (which add to project costs) through efficient coordination.
  • 6F. Coordinate planning efforts across disciplines (such as transportation, land use, economic development, emergency management, parking management, public health, and the military) and geographic areas.






To learn more about how the draft 2040 MTP goals and objectives were developed, please see Technical Memorandum 1A Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures Table 4-2 relates the draft 2040 MTP goals to the 2035 MTP goals and the gaps being addressed.



Goals: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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