The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires Municipality to have a MTP, to be updated every four years. It must cover all modes of transportation: freeways, highways, streets and sidewalks, public transit, trails and freight mobility; and congestion management and air quality standards. It must be based on land uses described in the current Comprehensive Plan. The 2012 MTP includes the Anchorage Bowl and Chugiak-Eagle River. Click here for more information.
Important considerations for making the Plan are:
- Determining current and preferred modes of transport
- Determining routing to and from points of origin and destination.
- Managing congestion, including how long it takes to get to and from points of origin and destination.
- Balancing the transportation needs of the entire community while trying to preserve the integrity of existing and planned neighborhoods.
- Supporting a trail system.
- Supporting a public transit system.
- Supporting the effective movement of freight.
The MTP outlines the desired shape and goals of the area-wide transportation system for all modes of transportation. It is the guide and framework from which specific improvement projects are identified for development and funding.
Typically, when it is time for a new MTP or an update, the Municipality will hire a specialized consultant to organize and conduct the effort. This will include gathering a large amount of technical data about the existing system, forecasting the city’s needs out to the 20-year time horizon, and reviewing the land use guidance of the Comprehensive Plan. Then the consultant works with representatives of various types of transportation users to develop goals for the plan, standards for evaluation and alternative elements of the plan. When a draft plan is ready, it is made available for public review and comment. Then the plan is revised and a final draft is presented to the Anchorage Assembly for adoption. The final adopted plan will then serve as guidance for identifying and prioritizing transportation projects to be funded in the coming years.
Anchorage Bowl Long-Range Transportation Plan and the Chugiak-Eagle River Long-Range Transportation Plan - both plans superseded by AMATS 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year, financially constrained capital program of transportation projects, focused on federal funding for roadway, trails, pedestrian and transit capital projects for the Anchorage and Chugiak/Eagle River areas. The funding comes primarily from gasoline tax, not local property taxes. The TIP is the leading plan that implements the combined Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Long-Range Transportation Plans. Some recent TIP-funded examples include projects such as the reconstruction of Arctic Boulevard, Business Boulevard, C Street, Glenn Highway, Chester Creek Trail, new People Mover buses, and the Plug-it-In campaign. Similar to the Municipality’s Capital Improvement Program, the TIP prioritizes and describes the capital projects to be completed in the coming years. Project details, including the timeline, funding and phases to complete it, are shown in the TIP. The TIP is developed in coordination with other capital improvement programs such as the Municipality’s CIP, and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP includes a financial plan that demonstrates which projects can be implemented using current revenue sources and which projects are to be implemented using proposed revenue sources. Only projects for which funds are reasonably expected to be available can be included in the TIP. It is not a "wish list" program. It is periodically amended to reflect changes in Anchorage and/or Alaska federal funding allocation, project funding changes due to construction cost increases and decreases, etc. Members of the public, agency representatives, and elected officials nominate projects for the TIP. Typically, when it is time for a new TIP or an update, the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee will prepare a draft for review and release it for public review and comment. Then the TIP is revised and eventually a final draft TIP is presented to the Anchorage Assembly for adoption. The final adopted TIP will then guide funding for transportation projects in the coming years.
Other AMATS plans
See the Documents page for other plans that AMATS is responsible for or contributes to other transportation planning efforts for the Anchorage area, for example the Capital Improvement Program, Pedestrian Plan and Unified Planning Work Program.