2040 Regional Transportation Plan

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The Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties and their 103 municipalities. It works with federal, state and local agencies and officials from throughout South-Central Pennsylvania, including the City of Harrisburg and Capital Area Transit, to meet the transportation needs of an area covering nearly 1,700 square miles.

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is currently being updated and will soon be in a fully online format, with a hard copy version available upon request. A draft of the plan is expected to be available online for review and comment in the Spring of 2018. The plan should be formally adopted by HATS by the end of the year.




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 Click to read the RTP flyer and share with your organization

Click to read the RTP flyer and share with your organization

Key issues to be addressed in the updated RTP will include:

  • Safety;
  • Asset management;
  • Congestion;
  • Mobility and Accessibility for handicapped and elderly residents;
  • Freight movement;
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian movement;
  • Freight and passenger rail;
  • Aviation facilities;
  • Growth management;
  • Environmental impacts and mitigation;
  • Performance measurement.

Until the new RTP goes online, information on the current RTP is found below.


The purpose of the RTP is to document the current status of transportation projects and programs, identify long-term needs and recommend transportation programs and projects to meet those needs. The long-range plan sets a framework and priorities for the distribution of federal transportation funds. Current federal surface transportation legislation requires the RTP to:

  • have a minimum of 20-year planning horizon;
  • be updated every four years;
  • be based on the latest available estimates and assumptions for population, land use, travel, employment, congestion, and economic activity;
  • identify an integrated, multimodal transportation system, giving emphasis to facilities that serve important national and regional functions;
  • contain operational and management strategies to improve the performance of existing infrastructure to maximize the safety and mobility of people and goods;
  • conform to air quality standards;
  • provide for multimodal capacity increases based on regional needs and priorities;
  • be fiscally constrained by identifying sources "reasonably expected to be available" to implement the plan;
  • discuss potential environmental mitigation activities;
  • include pedestrian walkway and bicycle transportation facilities, as well as transportation and transit enhancement activities; and,
  • provide for public participation, including publication with electronically accessible formats.


In the fall of 2013, a task force comprised of regional experts, stakeholders, and TCRPC staff began the process of updating the Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). With a planning horizon of 2040, the task force reviewed the current state of the Region's transportation system, identified its long-term needs, and identified potential projects necessary to address those needs. From these findings, the plan guides and prioritizes the distribution of federal transportation funds within the HATS region.

HATS adopted the 2040 RTP (read the news release) at its Coordinating Committee meeting on Friday, December 19, 2014.

 2040 HATS Regional Transportation Plan cover