The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (R2CTPO) coordinates transportation planning efforts between local governments, planning organizations and service agencies located in Volusia County and the eastern portion of Flagler County. The areas we serve are diverse. Our residents represent various ethnicities, abilities and age groups; our communities include rural farm towns and growing cities; and the natural environment includes some of the most beautiful waterways and interesting wildlife known to the state. In my opinion, this diversity is what makes this such a wonderful place to live and work.
These are also the basic elements that serve as a backdrop for our work in developing the long range transportation plan (LRTP). The LRTP is the plan that forecasts transportation needs in the year 2040 and determines what systems will be put in place to meet those needs. The LRTP must strike a balance between preserving the environment, supporting economic growth, dealing with traffic congestion and respecting the variety of transportation needs and desires that exist throughout the planning area. It’s our challenge to understand the values of people that reside in our planning area and to be sensitive to the diversity that makes this area special.
Of course, we also have to look boldly into the future to imagine the needs that may soon exist and the constraints that may be faced while trying to address these needs. Issues such as climate variability, unpredictability in fuel price and supply, decreases in funding and increases in population growth will all impact our choices as we plan and implement a transportation system that will best meet these needs between now and the year 2040.
I encourage you to participate in the discussion as we develop the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. You can attend a meeting, follow us on FaceBook, send us a message, volunteer for a committee, join our mailing list or simply review the materials as they are developed. No matter what your background, your thoughts and your experience as a member of this community are helpful. Whether you drive, ride the bus, are retired or have kids in school, I know you travel throughout this area and you have good ideas (or lots of questions) about our transportation system. Please share your thoughts with us.