What’s in the plan?

Visualize 2045 aims to help decision makers and the public “visualize” the region’s future by illustrating:

        What the region aspires to do if more resources were available

        What the region can do with current levels of funding, and,

        What the region must do to meet federal requirements. 

Seven Aspirational Initiatives (What the Region Aspires to Do)

The TPB has identified a set of unfunded and unenacted projects, programs, and policies that were designed to address some of the biggest transportation challenges that the region is expected to face in the coming decades. These challenges include addressing the ever-increasing congestion on our region’s roadways and providing enough transit capacity to serve additional anticipated passengers.

Though each initiative incorporates policies that the TPB has committed to and championed for years, Visualize 2045 incorporates these aspirational initiatives as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan for the first time.

Learn more about the Aspirational Element of Visualize 2045

Financially Constrained Element (What the Region Can Do)

Federal regulations require that the TPB develop an element of the long-range transportation plan that is financially constrained. Each project included in this section must be capable of being completed using revenue sources that are already committed, available, or reasonably expected to be available in the future (hence the financial constraint).

The financially constrained element illustrates how the projects will affect future travel patterns and conditions. In doing so, this element paints a picture of where the region’s current funding will get us. The aim is to help elected leaders, regional planners, and the public better understand the kinds of decisions we need to make today to realize a more desirable transportation future.

Learn more about the Financially Constrained Element of Visualize 2045 

Federal Requirements (What the Region Must Do)

Visualize 2045 also documents the transportation planning requirements for the region’s metropolitan transportation plan that the TPB is obligated to fulfill under federal law. These federal requirements govern and inform the content of the plan and how Visualize 2045 was developed.

Performance-Based Planning and Programming (PBPP) is a new federal requirement included in Visualize 2045. The most recent federal transportation law required states and MPOs to “transition to a performance-driven, outcome-based program that provides for a greater level of transparency and accountability, improved project decision-making, and more efficient investment of Federal transportation funds.” To accomplish this, the PBPP process ties the funding of projects and programs to improving measured performance and achieving targets set for future performance.