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About the Plan

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Planning Process

Plan Overview


What is a Metropolitan Transportation Plan and why is it needed?

How we grow matters. MTP 2040 is the blueprint document of recommended transportation improvements over the next twenty years, and is updated every four years. The MTP is updated every four years by the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS). The Interim Anchorage 2035 MTP, adopted in 2015, is the current transportation plan.  For more information, please see the FAQs page.


By prioritizing transportation projects, MTP 2040 will create a safe and efficient transportation network that will provide transportation choices, support the local economy, and enhance our quality of life.


MTP 2040 will identify transportation needs that reflect our region’s changing population and demand for housing, land use, and transportation choices. The plan will identify transportation and mobility needs, opportunities, policies and strategies needed to support the multi-modal transportation system.


The plan includes:


  • Goals, objectives, and performance measures
  • Overview of existing conditions
  • Evaluation of future needs
  • Recommended short-term and long-term capital improvement projects
  • A financial plan
  • Consistency with federal requirements regarding social equity and air quality
  • Implementation strategies


Continuous public participation is key to the success of the MTP 2040, and there are many opportunities to get involved in the planning process.  We want to hear from you.


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What is the planning process being used to develop the 2040 MTP?

The MTP development process is depicted in the accompanying graphic. The plan’s guiding principles represent our commitment as we move through this process. The foundation of the plan is the goals and their accompanying objectives. The goals and objectives outline what the plan will try to achieve as it is implemented over the years. The plan’s performance measures and screening criteria are also intended to reflect the goals and objectives to measure progress as the plan is implemented and to guide decision making in identifying and evaluating alternatives. The first major milestone is the identification of issues, problems, and needs which are identified through a review of existing plans and data and computer modeling of how anticipated future land use and growth changes will affect our transportation system. This input milestone also allows a chance for the public to weigh in on the goals and objectives, performance measures, screening criteria, and to help identify transportation problems and solutions. We will develop alternatives through an outreach process known as a “charrette,” which is essentially a multi-day, intensive input and brainstorming process. The alternatives that we develop should test different ways to solve our identified transportation problems and they should be consistent with the goals and objectives. Data and analysis and information from the public will play a key role in helping to evaluate alternatives, ultimately leading to a preferred alternative for the plan. The project team will capture and document the information and prepare a draft plan that will move through the formal AMATS plan adoption process.




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