Long Range Transportation Plan

The vision for transportation in Illinois is to provide innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow Illinois’ economy.

All IDOT plans are designed to provide progressive and action-oriented frameworks for Illinois’ transportation system. Plan policies provide a framework to guide the sustainable development of an integrated system that is safe, efficient and reliable, and one that enhances quality of life and supports the economic prosperity of the state.

View Secretary Blankenhorn discussing the importance of the long range transportation plan on IDOT's YouTube channel.

2017 State Transportation Plan

State and federal statutes require that IDOT develop a statewide long range transportation plan every five years. Presently, IDOT is undertaking the development of the next plan due in 2017.  Details on the progress of the 2017 statewide plan will be here as they become available.

July 1, 2017 - Stakeholder Input/Conversation Cafés

IDOT is seeking stakeholder input on the goals and objectives of the LRTP by holding three conversation cafés across Illinois. At this interactive event, your input will shape Illinois’s transportation network for the next 20 years. The events details are below. To participate please register here. We look forward to seeing you there - your input is vital to the future of Illinois.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 2:00PM-4:00PM
    IDOT Central Office 2300 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62764 (Auditorium)
  • *Friday, July 21, 2017 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 233 S Wacker Dr #800, Chicago, IL 60606 (Cook County Room)
  • Monday, July 31, 2017 1:00PM-3:00PM
    IDOT District 8 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive Collinsville, Illinois 62234-6198 (IDOT/ISP Classroom)

We welcome people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please attach your requirements to this form or contact Chris Schmidt at 217-782-4134 or Christopher.schmidt@illinois.gov 
Requests should be made at least 3 days prior to the event.

*Guests attending the Conversation Café held at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning must have one of the following acceptable identification to obtain access to Willis Tower: State issued Driver’s license, State identification card or Original passport (copies are not valid)

May 1, 2017 - Tradeoff Input

In the next installment of the IDOT Long Range Transportation Plan outreach, the team is asking how best to prioritize our plan’s objectives, which were developed under our six overarching goals. Between May 1st and June 9th Illinoisans are encouraged to complete an online activity which will help the Department identify where residents would spend their budget if they were IDOT. This exercise provides transportation officials a look at where residents would like to see an increased focus.
Please participate here: https://uic.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cyuRFirV29XMLX

February 1, 2017- All Our Ideas Survey

The Illinois Department of Transportation asked for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. AllOurIdeas.org/IDOTideas was an innovative interactive site that allowed Illinoisans to vote for ideas to improve transportation in Illinois. Residents participated between February 8 and March 8, 2017 by prioritizing IDOT identified ideas, but also adding their own for participants to vote on. Refining these ideas assisted IDOT in prioritizing the goals within our Long Range Transportation Plan. IDOT received 823 unique visitors to allourideas.org/IDOTideas, 541 of these visitors provided 36,353 total votes. These 36,353 votes will help IDOT staff further distill the objectives of the State’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Eight of the top ten ideas were from user generated ideas.

July, 2016 – Overarching Goals

In 2016, as one of the first efforts to engage citizens ahead of the 2017 LRTP, IDOT asked Illinois residents to prioritize the following six goals of the plan:

  1. Safety: Ensure the highest standards in safety across the state’s transportation system.
  2. Economic Growth: Improve Illinois’ economy by providing transportation infrastructure that allow for the efficient movement of people and goods.
  3. Access: Support all modes of transportation to improve accessibility and safety by improving connections between all modes of transportation.
  4. Livability: Enhance quality of life across the state by ensuring that transportation investments advance local goals, provide multimodal options and preserve the environment.
  5. Stewardship: Safeguard existing funding and increase revenues to support system maintenance, modernization and strategic growth of Illinois’ transportation system.
  6. Resilience: Proactively plan and invest in the state’s transportation system to ensure that its infrastructure is prepared to sustain extreme weather events.

More than 700 survey responses were collected from various transportation officials and the general public across Illinois. Over a quarter of participants reported that safety was their top priority. Respondents also expressed that maintaining Illinois’ infrastructure is critical to improving the state’s economy and that a need exists for a multimodal transportation system. 

Planning Process

IDOT is in the middle of compiling its 2017 Long-Range Transportation Plan. Information on where IDOT is in that process can be seen below:

Fact Sheets

For some concise information about the current state of various modes of transportation in Illinois, please refer to our fact sheets below:

IDOT has been working with communities and transportation partners across the state to develop and/or implement the plans defined below which will guide the development of various sections of the 2017 Long Range Transportation Plan:

2012 Long Range Transportation Plan

  • Illinois State Transportation Plan (2012): The most recent LRTP provided IDOT with an overarching strategic framework for the future direction of transportation in Illinois. Preserving the value and usefulness of the State's past investments in highways, transit, airports, waterways, railroads, and trails remains a daunting task for IDOT. Focus was placed on preserving the value and usefulness of the State’s past investment while also enhancing the system with a particular interest in safety, sustainability, movement of freight, multi-modal interconnectivity, human capital investment, increased services in intercity rail and public transportation and improved bike-pedestrian infrastructure.

For more information on the IDOT 2012 LRTP please refer to the Illinois State Transportation Plan page.

Bike Plan

  • Illinois Bike Transportation Plan: Completed in April 2014, the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan is Illinois' first ever attempt at fully examining the robust and ever growing bicycle system across Illinois and proposing new policies that will further integrate bike travel across the state and address current barriers to bicycling as a viable method of transportation. Learn more about the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan initiative and our progress!


  • 2017 Illinois State Freight Plan: The 2017 Illinois State Freight Plan was developed in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act guidelines, signed into law in December 2015.  Over 1 billion tons of freight was moved to, from, or within Illinois in 2014 and that freight was valued at nearly $3 trillion.  This is done through Illinois’ multimodal network that includes highways, waterways, rail, and air.  The freight plan provides further data and analysis on the movement of these goods.  It identifies major freight corridors and bottlenecks on Illinois’ system.  The Department is currently working on a Call for Projects to use the freight formula funds established under the FAST Act.  Selected projects will be added to the finalized freight plan.
  • Illinois Competitive Freight Program: The efficient movement of goods and services is central to what makes Illinois the transportation hub of North America. IDOT is seeking project proposals for a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Applications are due April 6 for up to $225 million in National Highway Freight Program funds to be distributed through 2022.
  • Freight Mobility Plan: Completed December 2012, the Freight Mobility Plan examines the current state of freight in Illinois and the ways in which the transport of goods through the state might be improved. This plan is now being updated to meet new federal requirements under FAST Act. IDOT is working with the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to update the existing plan.
  • Illinois State Freight Advisory Council: Formed in September 2013, IDOT established the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council (ISFAC) to provide a standing forum for coordination of freight multimodal planning in the State of Illinois in order to enhance the benefits of every mode, improve intermodal connection, and sustain the State’s position as the primary freight hub of the United States.

Intelligent Transportation

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Strategic Plan: IDOT is presently updating the Illinois Statewide Architecture and Strategic Plan and looking at regional ITS architectures throughout the State. This project is coordination with IDOT’s District offices, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs). The project will assess the current use of ITS in Illinois and recommend approaches to enhance the integration and deployment of ITS for future generations.
    Please view the ongoing effort to update the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Strategic Plan here: https://ilitsupdate.net/.


  • 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update: The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input on its 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update which was developed in accordance with Section 5 of the Transportation Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).  The Plan explores the current passenger and freight rail infrastructure in Illinois, ways the system can be improved, new possible routes, and what IDOT can do to further connections between rail and other modes.  

    Illinois has the second largest rail system in the nation, second only to Texas.  Illinois is the center of the nation's rail network, and Chicago represents the largest U.S. rail hub in North America.  The 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update's system highlights include the Chicago-St. Louis high speed rail corridor, the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, and a number of station improvements.  Please review the document and provide comments using this form.   Public comment will close on February 23, 2018.  

Transit Plan

  • Transit Plan: The Illinois Transit Plan is complete, and can be accessed here. The Transit plan will be integrated into the Long Range Transportation Plan This will allow for greater connectivity in the development of the LRTP between the various transportation modes. The Transit section of the LRTP will be utilized to implement policies designed to increase resident and visitor mobility through greater transportation choices and improved connectivity among transportation modes. It will develop goals and policies for public transportation throughout Illinois.

Other Plans

  • Human Capital Plan:Completed in June 2014, the Human Capital Plan looks at the current transportation workforce in Illinois and suggests new and exciting methods of meeting the ever growing need for transportation sector workers, both inside the agency and out.
  • Safety:Every five years, IDOT, in partnership with key safety stakeholders, develops a State Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). With a goal to eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes on Illinois roadways, this plan includes comprehensive and coordinated safety strategies that cover engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services.

All Hazards

  • All-Hazards Transportation System Vulnerability Assessment and Response Plan: will develop a statewide inventory and vulnerability index of all state owned transportation assets.  The index will take into account the importance of the asset, its condition, and the assets geographic location in relation to potential hazards.  This will help the department to prioritize maintenance, fabrications, and major capital projects with relationship to manmade and naturally occurring hazards.
  • Storm Water Management Plan: The Illinois Storm Water Management Plan is designed to eliminate storm water runoff during construction.