FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What does the HEPMPO do?
A: The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization (HEPMPO) is the federal and state designated transportation planning body for the urbanized portions of Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, West Virginia; Washington County, Maryland; and a small portion of Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
HEPMPO’s mission is to provide a cooperative forum for regional collaboration, planning and public decision-making for short and long-term solutions that support mobility needs, economic development, environmental sensitivities, and multimodal connectivity for a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
Roads and transit networks traverse city, county and state boundaries, and growth from one area often can create traffic in another. Through working together as a regional partnership, we can get a more comprehensive view of area’s needs and determine the best way to address them.
Q: What is a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and why is it being updated?
A: The LRTP describes the current transportation conditions in the region and projects the transportation system needs and requirements 20 to 25 years into the future. The 2045 LRTP Update will be developed to help shape local, regional, and state strategies for addressing economic growth, safety, congestion, environmental justice, air quality, and public mobility. To address the unique needs of our region, all affected parties are engaged through public involvement and interagency consultation and coordination at the state, local and federal level.
If a project is not included in the scope of the Long Range Plan, it is not eligible for federal funding through the MPO. Per federal requirements, the plan needs to be updated every four years to ensure that it accurately reflects the changing conditions of our region’s transportation network.
Q: What does multimodal mean?
A: A mode refers to different types or methods of travel such as bicycles, cars, buses, planes, boats, trains and walking. Multimodal refers to the integration of modes on a given facility or within a given region. For long range transportation planning purposes, this generally means developing and maintaining a transportation system that relies on a variety of modes to move people and goods as efficiently as possible.
Q: Can I participate in the 2045 LRTP Update process?
A: Absolutely! Your voice is a very important part of the plan development process and we want to hear from you!
If you drive, walk, bike or ride you are interacting with the transportation system. The 2045 LRTP Update will set the priorities for the transportation projects that occur in your community, so voice your opinion by:
Visiting our interactive MetroQuest Survey Website
Attending a public meeting. Please stay tuned to the website for updates to the public meetings schedule: http://www.hepmpo.net/direction
Q: How are projects prioritized?
A: Several measures are considered when prioritizing projects, including:
2045 LRTP Update Goals & Objectives.
Federally required planning factors.
Priorities expressed by stakeholders and citizens.
Quantitative measures such as, efficiency, delay reduction, congestion and cost-effectiveness
Geographic measures such as, priority locations for freight, transit, bicycle/pedestrian, safety, economic development, growth management, and existing deficiencies.
Public involvement assists in identifying the transportation needs in the community and is a very important part of the prioritization process. Please use the links above to participate by leaving us a comment or completing the interactive MetroQuest survey.
Q: What other plans will be reviewed as part of the 2045 LRTP Update?
A: City and County Comprehensive Plans serve as the primary planning documents regarding future development as they set forth guidelines, goals and objectives for activities affecting growth and development within a jurisdiction. Various plans and special studies may be reviewed in addition to the Comprehensive Plans, including, but not limited to:
HEPMPO Direction 2040
Statewide Freight Plans
HEPMPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Local Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs)
Local Transit Development Plans (TDPs)
Local Emergency Evacuation Plans
State and Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans