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Click any of the following links for more information on the different modes of the Plan. Documents are in PDF format.

public transportation


Bicycle and Pedestrian


Ports and Waterways




The population of Tennessee is increasing. Projections indicate that by the year 2030, the number of people living in our state will grow by nearly 40 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau ranked Tennessee among the 15 fastest growing states – and it estimates 20 percent of that growth will be people over the age of 65.

In order to support a growing population, Tennessee needs a strong economy. A dynamic and reliable transportation system helps to create jobs. Our economic success directly depends on transportation planning. If we expect to create more jobs and our economy is to be strong, we need sufficient infrastructure.

Because of its central location and excellent highway and interstate system, Tennessee is a hub of truck traffic in the U.S. And, traffic congestion in rural and urban areas is just one challenge facing our transportation system. It is incumbent on TDOT to develop a plan to address the transportation needs of the state in the future to meet the growing demand from citizens, visitors and business.


Tennessee's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) brings together the needs for ALL modes of transportation, including rail, transit, ports and waterways, aviation, pedestrians and bicycles in addition to highways. Although TDOT has developed transportation plans in the past, this is the first MULTIMODAL plan that strives to integrate all modes of transportation into a seamless system.

The Long-Range Plan addresses the state's transportation needs, and determines the most stable methods of financing the transportation system.


The LRTP has three distinct outcomes:

  • A 25-year vision for transportation in Tennessee
  • A 10-year transportation program which is consistent with the Plan vision, and
  • Project selection criteria which to be used by TDOT in the development of its 3-year program of projects


The process for developing the LRTP included several steps. Beginning in January 2004, TDOT worked to identify the transportation challenges facing Tennessee, determine the state’s modal needs, find the opportunities that exist to make improvements, and investigate potential funding scenarios. From this data, goals, objectives and performance measures were developed, as well as a set of draft policies. An update of the state’s Aviation Plan was completed, and a statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was created. Finally, a financial plan, strategic investments program and project evaluation system were developed.