Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
FMATS has completed the 2010 – 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This document will guide
the projects and programs for the Fairbanks Urban Area for the next twenty-five years.
2010 – 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
2010 – 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Executive Summary
2010 – 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Appendix
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Fairbanks Metro 2035: A Plan to Keep YOU Moving
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is a blueprint guiding transportation project
priorities that address transportation issues in the Fairbanks Metropolitan area. The products are projects
and programs that meet the near-term and long-range transportation needs within the region. The MTP seeks to
balance investment in various transportation modes against anticipated funding from federal, state and local sources.
The MTP looks at transportation 25 years into the future and is updated every 4 years to reflect
ever-changing conditions and new planning principles. The Fairbanks Metro 2035 is the most recent update to the MTP.
The update process ensures consistency with the current and forecasted transportation and land use conditions,
including regional population and economic growth projections.
Plan Requirements and Goals
Title 23 of the United State Code (U.S.C.), Subchapter E, Part 450 describes the detailed planning requirements and purpose of the MTP. In summary, the purpose of this 2010-2035 MTP update is to ensure that future needs are identified and planned for with sufficient time to provide appropriate solutions. This process includes the:
- Review of existing and near term needs,
- Evaluation of current and planned land uses,
- Evaluation of management, operations and maintenance programs,
- Review of emergency management and response plans,
- Use of future funding forecasts to determine financial feasibility, and
- Study of transportation related air quality impacts.
The ultimate goals of the MTP are:
- Coordinate planning efforts to provide an integrated transportation and land use system that
embodies smart growth principles and stimulates the economy to grow
- Provide a safe, efficient, secure, and interconnected multi-modal transportation system for all users
- Protect the environment, improve air quality, promote energy efficiency, and enhance regional quality of life
- Optimize the utility and lifespan of the existing transportation system
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An initial part of this project explores the existing mobility within the region, including roads,
transit, pedestrian and bicycle options. An assessment of the existing freight service, the security of the system,
the preservation, maintenance and operational improvement programs lead to conclusions that helped shape the
recommended future needs.
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Based on the existing conditions assessment, planned improvements, and forecast transportation
conditions, future needs are developed for the transportation system. Future needs are identified by mode:
roadway (auto), transit, bicycle, and pedestrian.
Regional Corridor Alternatives
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The MTP presents the evaluation of alternatives to address the needs of the following key corridors:
- Airport Way: Richardson Highway – Peger Road
- College Road: University Avenue –Johansen Expressway
- S. Cushman Street: Airport Way –Van Horn Road
- Downtown Fairbanks
- Geist Road: University Avenue – Parks Highway
- Mitchell Expressway: University Avenue – Richardson Highway
- Phillips Field Road: Peger Road – Illinois Street
- Richardson Highway: Airport Way – North Pole
- Steese Highway: Airport Way – Johansen Expressway
- Steese Highway/Johansen Expressway/College Road Area
- University Avenue: College Road – Mitchell Expressway
These are existing arterial roadways and urban expressways that form critical links within
developed and developing parts of the Fairbanks area. These existing facilities currently carry relatively
high traffic volumes, and operational problems are already becoming apparent during peak travel hours. In
addition, the year 2035 forecasts indicated that the future travel demands on these corridors will increase
Developing realistic plans that will provide long-range improvements to meet these travel demands
is only a part of the challenge. Implementing these plans will involve more complex designs, expensive project costs,
long lead-times and high potential for property and community impacts along the corridors. The MTP will help to create
a vision for the future improvements, but ongoing reevaluation and review will become an essential part of the
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A freight plan component of the MTP was critical for Fairbanks given its location at the intersection
of the Alaska Railroad, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and Parks, Richardson, and Dalton Highways. The plan is largely based
on interviews with area freight stakeholders. These interviews were conducted in order to:
- inform area freight stakeholders of the long range planning process being undertaken,
- determine their interest in participating in the process now and in the future,
- obtain data to support the planning effort, and
- identify the transportation facilities they use and the constraints and issues they
encounter while using them.
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The recommendations in the MTP were refined through interagency collaboration, stakeholder interviews and public involvement. The product is a recommended set of prioritized projects that help to ensure the efficient and safe multimodal movement of people and goods within the through the Fairbanks region.
Attendees of the November 17, 2009 MTP Development Workshop included FMATS and DOT&PF staff, FMATS Technical Committee members, and representatives from the public. Participants were asked to confirm the future needs based on their knowledge of the transportation system, identify other needs, and propose improvement alternatives.
The November 19, 2009 Open House held at the JP Jones Community Development Center gave community members an opportunity to provide input on the recommended transportation improvements.
2010-2035 LRTP Open House Comment Summary
Open House held November 19, 2009
The MTP Financial Plan includes cost estimates for each project. These estimates were prepared
by ADOT&PF. To more discretely demonstrate cost feasibility, expected revenue levels are estimated for each
timeframe through the horizon years.
A portion of the Fairbanks/North Pole area is designated a Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Area.
In an effort to ensure that transportation improvements and future transportation development does not negatively
impact regional air quality, it must be demonstrated that the projects listed in the MTP conform with the transportation
control measures (TCMs) of the most recent State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).
Based on the findings of the conformity determination conducted, the program of projects in the MTP are
in accordance with Sections 93.109 – 93.118 of the Final Conformity Rule and parallel State of Alaska requirements in
the Air Quality Control Plan and the Alaska Administrative Code Title 18, Chapter 50. This conformity determination uses
the latest planning assumptions for current and future population, employment, travel and congestion. The final conformity
determination is made according to the consultation procedures set out in the State regulations and federal guidelines.
Draft Air Quality/ Transportation Conformity Determination
Outdated: 2005 - 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
The below files are for historical information only.
The 2010-2035 MTP is an update to this plan.
FMATS 2005-2025 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Executive Summary
FMATS 2005-2025 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
Appendix for the FMATS 2005-2025 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)