Connect 2050 is Wisconsin’s statewide, multimodal, long-range transportation plan. The plan will help decision-makers improve and invest in all types of transportation in our system – from roads to ports to sidewalks – across the state through the year 2050. Connect 2050 is:
Long-range: looks ahead to the future, in this case to 2050.
Statewide: has a broad reach, its vision, goals, and objectives will guide WisDOT’s decision-making for all Wisconsin and for all people
The following guiding principles are the core of WisDOT’s planning process. These guiding principles are the values that drove the Connect 2050 planning process:
Implement and maintain a statewide multimodal transportation system that provides affordable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices to all people.
Ensure that no person is excluded from, participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, religion, income status or limited English proficiency in any and all programs, activities or services administered by WisDOT.
Embrace a cooperative, continuing, comprehensive planning process.
Connect 2050’s goals and objectives apply to all modes of transportation throughout the entire state of Wisconsin.
Goals provide guidance and identify topics of importance to preparing our transportation system for the future.
Objectives are more specific than goals and identify the ends to which specific action or policies will be aimed.
Policies are specific action-based statements that identify means by which the goals and objectives will be implemented. WisDOT’s modal plans such as the Wisconsin Rail Plan or Freight Plan, business plans such as the , or other efforts identify policies.
Actions are specific activities WisDOT or other entities will perform to implement policies.
Funding is the key to ensuring that Wisconsin’s transportation system is maintained and developed in a way that is safe for all users, will meet demand both current and future, and that the transportation system exists in a state of good repair today such that we protect our assets for the future.
Ensure funding is efficiently managed and sufficient to support WisDOT’s long-term plans for a providing a transportation system that is in a state of good repair, and is safe, efficient and accessible.
Facilitate financial management, assistance, and equitable access to funding at the regional and local level.
Pursue innovative funding mechanisms and solutions.
Effective partners work together. They communicate with each other and help each other when support is needed. Wisconsin will focus on transportation partnerships to coordinate and cooperate toward shared objectives.
Ensure the transportation system is developed in a way that addresses the needs of all users.
Ensure inclusivity, equity, access, and safety.
Eliminate and reduce transportation accessibility barriers.
Ensure the transportation system can adapt to changes over time, such as connected and automated vehicles, use of alternative fuels, telecommuting and other social changes, and needs of an aging population.
Collaborate with partners and stakeholders toidentify strategic transportation investment opportunities.
Identify and communicate transportation system needs, priorities, and benefits to maximize transportation investments.
Ensure projects reflect the character and needs of communities.
Data-driven decision-making ensures that the transportation system is operated, maintained, and improved in the most efficient way possible and the right project is implemented in the right place and at the right time.
Strategically align resources and emphasize integrating performance-based decision making throughout the department.
Utilize cost-effective techniques to maximize transportation investments.
Continue using performance measures to inform sound investment decisions.
Be agile in adapting to changing data needs over time.
Assess, expand and improve data collection through technological means by processing, monitoring, using, reporting, and sharing data.
Mobility and transportation choice create the foundation of an efficient, balanced and safe transportation system, which is critical to Wisconsin’s economic vitality and quality of life. Increasing mobility, or the ability and ways by which people and goods move, provides many benefits for both people and freight including increased access to jobs, goods, and services, improved system efficiency, and options for moving goods.
Maximize freight mobility options that will support and enhance Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness and create a resilient supply chain.
Enhance transportation equity, access, mobility,and safety.
Facilitate mobility options that support transit use and active transportation, e.g., bicycling and walking.
Close gaps and create an inter-connected network of transportation facilities to safely and efficiently move people and goods.
Technological change occurs rapidly. The purpose of this goal is to encourage a proactive approach to embracing new technologies that will provide transportation benefits, and to be agile when doing so.
Identify opportunities to integrate transportation and technology that will support WisDOT’s vision.
Embrace technology and be agile in implementing technology-based solutions to improve all aspects of transportation including safety, resiliency, operations, maintenance, and transportation systems impacts on sensitive resources.
Utilize technology and data to maximize transportation investment benefits.
Wisconsin has always prioritized transportation safety as a goal of the transportation system. Safety and security are intrinsically intertwined; Wisconsin’s focus on creating a resilient transportation system and continuing to improve the speed and ability to prevent, coordinate, respond to, and recover from incidents, will create a system that is safe and secure for all users.
Develop and maintain a system that is safe and secure.
Strategically align resources to make progress towards the goal of zero fatalities in Wisconsin.
Leverage data and technology to improve safety.
Research and implement innovative solutions that involve education, engineering, enforcement, emergency management safety, and everyone.
Resiliency is defined as the ability for the transportation system to continue operating in the face of an obstacle. Reliability, or the ability to move people and goods successfully and consistently, is generally impacted by things like congestion, inclement weather, and crashes. Reliability and resiliency go hand in hand; if the system is resilient, it will be reliable for users.
Develop a system that is agile in preventing, preparing for, and coordinating responses to any incident, whether natural or the result of human activity.
Emphasize system resiliency to reduce repair costs and improve safety and security.
Identify and assess risk-based solutions for system vulnerabilities.
The natural environment and Wisconsin’s cultural resources contribute greatly to our quality of life. We should develop and maintain the transportation system in a way that balances transportation needs with those of the landscapes in which transportation exists. Landscapes include the physical environment like waterways and forests, but also socioeconomic resources such as access to food.
Develop a transportation system that avoids, minimizes, and compensates for environmental impacts.
Prioritize emissions reduction and alternative fuels to improve air quality.
Reduce waste and recycle materials during transportation projects.
Be sensitive to cultural, socioeconomic, and historic resources during the project development process.
Foster a safe and environmentally sensitive transportation system.