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Benefits and Impacts

Based on current population growth, it is expected that well over one million people will be added to our region by 2040. A lot of work is needed to prepare for this growth.

Because it's impossible to know how this growth will unfold, exploring a variety of plausible future outcomes helps us plan for an uncertain future. Scenarios are a way to help explore how potential transportation decisions affect, are affected by, and ultimately fit with development patterns. When a road or transit line is built, it influences where people want to live and work and thus the location of new development. This also shapes where and how people travel and what transportation solutions make sense to build.

As part of the 2015 RTP, WFRC created four planning scenarios to review with partners, stakeholders, and the public. Based on the feedback, we then created one preferred scenario.  To see those comments, click here.

See the diagram below for a better understanding of how scenarios fit into the 2015 RTP development process.

Four Planning Scenarios

Click here for more information on the Create and Evaluate Scenarios section of the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan document.

Four Scenarios Scenario Performance Analysis Preferred Scenario