As the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Weirton-Steubenville area, the Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJMPC) is responsible for developing and maintaining a regional, long-range transportation plan (LRTP).
The MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) guides the area’s metropolitan transportation systems over the next 20 years. With the help of transportation planners, engineers, elected officials and the public, the plan ensures facilities and services required to support the mobility needs of the regional community and its future growth are anticipated and available.
Below are the goals and objectives of the 2045 LRTP
Listed below, by rank of importance, are five (5) strategies and policy statements taken from a Public Opinion Survey, that will guide the development of BHJ’s 2045 Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan.
- Design an efficient Mobility Management Program with cooperation with the local public transportation providers and other human service transportation providers that are involved in elderly, people with disability and employment related transportation. Encourage expanded and improved public transportation services, and app-based ride systems such as Uber and Lyft in the community. Increase Ride Share Programs such as work-related carpool and vanpool services
- Prepare a Financially Responsible Plan that represents the region’s fair share of federal and state economic resources and political importance. The plan should maintain existing infrastructure rather than build new corridors of travel into and out of the region.
- Develop Local Road Safety Plan that identifies the most vulnerable locations of traffic crashes, makes the roads safer for the community, and ensures the effective use of available financial resources.
- Develop livable, environment-friendly communities with adequate Active Transportation and Recreational Facilities.
- Focus on sustainable, good-paying, environment-friendly business development promoting Brownfield Redevelopment, Intermodal Transportation Linkages (i.e. air, highway, rail, and water), and enhance Regional Freight Movement