Mission of the Long Range Transportation Plan: To implement a regional long range transportation plan that fulfills Alaska Federal land management agencies’ common strategies for transportation enhancement while remaining compatible with individual land management agency missions in partnership with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

System Preservation: Develop a long-term transportation system to satisfy current and future land management needs in the face of a changing climate.

Visitor Experience: Proactively enhance the Alaskan multimodal transportation system experience and connectivity.

Mobility: Provide safe, efficient, sustainable, affordable, and agency-appropriate access to and through Federal lands.

Environment: Protect and enhance natural and cultural resources through comprehensive transportation planning and management

 

Multi-modal transportation refers to the diversity of choices and necessities for linking people and goods. Multi-modal transportation is a particularly important factor for regional accessibility, travel opportunities to and through Alaska’s Federal public lands, and reflecting the state’s economic potential for growth. More than anywhere else in the United States, Alaska depends upon a mix of highway, rail, and most importantly, marine and air connections to meet its transportation needs. This expansive and remote state faces many unique challenges in doing so, including:

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On October 8, 2010, the four Federal land management agencies and the ADOT&PF regional planning chiefs met in Fairbanks for a project coordination meeting to discuss opportunities to better coordinate planning and project delivery. Prior to the meeting, each agency and state planning region was asked to prepare a five year list of projects, which were compiled on a state-wide map for discussion. Since the last coordination meeting in December 2009, participants have been coordinating on a substantial number of projects, including:

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Federal land management agencies in Alaska (the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service), together with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), pioneered the effort to develop a multi-agency long range transportation plan (LRTP) for Federal lands in the state. This plan facilitates the strategic identification and prioritization of transportation infrastructure and systems needed.

This LRTP helps Federal land managers and the ADOT&PF make better funding decisions for transportation facilities that provide access to and within public lands in Alaska. This document does not identify specific projects for implementation or suggest changes in the way Federal lands resources are managed. Rather, it serves as a tool to collectively engage the various agencies on how they can work together to set statewide transportation priorities and leverage funds to meet transportation needs for Alaska’s Federal lands.

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