ARC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Atlanta Region. As the MPO, the ARC is responsible for developing a multi-modal, financially constrained transportation plan that meets all federal transportation and Clean Air Act planning requirements. The plan, which must cover through at least 20 years into the future, is known as the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The short-term portion of the RTP, which covers the next six years, is referred to as the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The RTP is the transportation element of the region’s comprehensive plan, which includes a broad array of strategies to help our region win the future by maintaining and expanding our world-class infrastructure, sustaining and diversifying our competitive economy, and fostering and strengthening our healthy, livable communities. Transportation is a single element of the overall plan, but one that impacts virtually every other element of the plan.
ARC is scheduled to approve an update to the comprehensive plan, The Atlanta Region's Plan, in February 2016. Until that action occurs and final approvals are obtained from the state and federal governments in March 2016, PLAN 2040 remains the official plan of record for the region.