Access to Destinations

Supporting prosperity by connecting people and businesses to destinations.


  1. Increase the availability of multimodal travel options, especially in congested highway corridors.
  2. Increase reliability and predictability for travel on highway and transit systems.
  3. Ensure access to freight terminals such as river ports, airports, and intermodal rail yards.
  4. Increase the number and share of trips taken using transit, carpools, bicycling, and walking.
  5. Improve the availability and quality of multimodal travel options for people of all ages and abilities to connect to jobs and other opportunities, particularly for historically underrepresented populations
Strategies summarized
  • The region will focus on providing a transportation system that offers practical and affordable options, so all users, regardless of their social or economic background, can get to the places they need to go.
  • This plan emphasizes the importance of improving and expanding transportation options through investments in a multimodal system with regional bicycle access and local pedestrian amenities; transitways, local and express bus services; and highways with E-ZPass options.
  • The plan emphasizes connecting people to destinations, like grocery stores, work, parks, and childcare, and investments that lead to prosperity for all people.

Providing access is transportation’s fundamental purpose. There are ways access can be better provided, and there are barriers to good access that need to be managed or eliminated.

Both population and employment are forecasted to increase in the coming years. Maintaining good regional access to destinations requires putting in place a variety of strategies and tools to address congestion, including offering multimodal options, implementing travel demand and congestion management, and making highway improvements.