Planning Alabama’s transportation future requires careful planning, setting priorities, and making sometimes-difficult choices given limited resources.
Which is why the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has begun working on the 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP), a federally mandated assessment that will serve as a blueprint of sorts to set the state’s transportation priorities for the next 25 years.
The SWTP addresses all modes of travel for passengers and freight — roadways and bridges, transit, bicycle/pedestrian, rail, aviation, and waterways. It identifies system needs, evaluates investments in infrastructure and maintenance, and compares historic and anticipated funding levels against needs. The resulting plan establishes the programs, policies, and strategies that will be the focus of the state’s efforts through 2040.
On Wednesday, the project’s planning committee met in Montgomery with stakeholders and the general public to discuss thoughts about transportation priorities for Alabama.
The SWTP timeline:
- Sept. 2016: Existing conditions, travel demand model development, and first round of regional meetings
- Jan. 2017: Projected 2040 conditions and existing/future needs
- Feb. 2017: “What if” improvement scenarios
- April 2017: Draft Plan and second round of regional meetings
- May 2017: Final Plan
Have thoughts about Alabama’s transportation future? Email the study team with comments or to be added to study contact list: email@example.com.