ON TO 2050 identifies a list of fiscally constrained regionally significant projects (RSPs), which are eligible to receive federal transportation funds and obtain certain federal approvals. Amendments to ON TO 2050 are expected to be occasional and to address projects with a significant change in funding or development status, warranting a new evaluation. Amendments undergo the same analysis and public discussion as projects identified in the plan development process. Selected projects should substantially implement ON TO 2050 by addressing current needs, improving travel over the long term, and having positive impacts on plan priorities, such as investing in existing communities, enhancing environmental quality, and improving quality of life. An amendment must also meet fiscal constraint requirements.
A memo explaining the amendment process is available here. During an amendment process, CMAP conducts both a qualitative evaluation of the proposal’s consistency with the principles and recommendations of ON TO 2050, and a quantitative evaluation of the proposal comparing the various forecasting assumptions and resulting project performance with regard to ON TO 2050 priorities. Project sponsors also provide their own assessment of the project, along with supporting information and analysis.