Transportation Planning

Transportation System

The Transportation system is a complex infrastructure network that connects the citizens of Portsmouth with each other and links them to the region, the state, and the world. Transportation systems influence development patterns, support or hinder urban redevelopment, and create an integrated network for all aspects of urban living, commerce, and environmental quality. The City considers the transportation system to be an integral infrastructure component of the city's overall strategy to create a dynamic local economy and provide an excellent quality of life for residents.

Master Transportation Plan

Over the course of the next twelve months, the City of Portsmouth will work closely with our citizens to prepare its first Master Transportation Plan (MTP) to guide implementation of the Destination 2025 Comprehensive Plan goal of "a multi-modal transportation network with enhanced features that support the City of Portsmouth’s quality of life and economic viability."

Forms of Transportation

Another goal of the plan is to improve and interconnect all forms of transportation within the City, including:
  • Air
  • Bicycle
  • Cargo Rail
  • Light Rail
  • Mass transit
  • Pedestrian
  • Recreational
  • Truck
  • Vehicular
  • Water


The Master Transportation Plan will focus on creating multi-modal strategies that can improve the economic, social, and physical health of communities while providing mobility and travel choices. The Plan will also incorporate fiscally sound strategies and concepts that support quality growth and development, where preferred land use patterns and community revitalization goals provide structure and guidance for transportation investments.

End User in Mind

The MTP will comprehensively address the needs of the "end users" of our transportation network and develop tailored and effective transportation solutions. The goal is to create a balanced transportation system that works, so that each mode reaches its potential and users have meaningful mobility choices. The final document will be a user-friendly document that educates decision-makers, motivates the public, and challenges long-held precepts regarding transportation priorities.

How to Get Involved

Get involved! What transportation issues matter most to you? We would like to hear from you. Please provide comments on the Master Transportation Plan Update Form. If you would like to be updated as the new Master Transportation Plan is being developed please provide your email address. For any additional information or assistance, please contact the Department of Planning at 757-393-8836.