As Greater Philadelphia's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), DVRPC is federally mandated to produce a Long-Range Plan and a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to ensure the orderly growth and development of the region in concert with multiple planning partners. These products work together to form a unified financial plan to fund transportation infrastructure. DVRPC uses performance-based planning to ensure efficient use of the region’s natural resources, public funding, and other assets, and employs a continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning, programming, and decision-making process.
The Long-Range Plan (Plan) serves as a blueprint for prioritizing funding for capital transportation investment in the region over a minimum 20-year horizon. Recognizing the integrated and holistic relationship between transportation and the built environment, the Plan also considers land use, the environment, economic development, equity, and quality of life issues, and offers comprehensive policy guidance for the region. The Plan outlines the vision, goals, and strategies established for the region as part of the update process, and contains a fiscally constrained financial plan for funding transportation infrastructure. DVRPC updates the Plan every four years in close collaboration with its planning partners.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the regionally agreed upon list of priority transportation projects over a four-year period, as required by federal law. The TIP document contains a multimodal list of all projects that intend to use federal funds, along with all non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant, with estimated costs and schedules. For planning purposes, the DVRPC TIP shows a full 10 years of funding in New Jersey and 12 years in Pennsylvania for highway and public transit projects.
Federal regulations require state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to establish and use a performance-based approach in transportation decision making. DVRPC uses performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) to increase transparency and accountability, better connect investments to outcomes, and inform decision-making that supports both the Plan’s vision and goals, and regional performance targets.