The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are, respectively, long and short term lists of specific transportation projects for the MATS planning area. The LRTP is designed to forecast demand for transportation services at least 20 years into the future, taking into account anticipated population growth, housing needs and employment goals for the region.
The LRTP serves as the official list of federally funded transportation projects and priorities, throughout the MPO region. The number and priority of projects on that list can be altered, based on the procedures laid out in the MATS Public Participation Plan.
At the State level, all LRTP project lists throughout Georgia feed into the Long Range Statewide Transportation Program (LRSTP). As the name suggests, the LRSTP is a statewide plan that addresses projected travel demand for at least 20 years, taking into account State policies and strategies for promoting efficient development, protection of natural resources, and employment.