Metroplan Announces Plan for $55M Transportation Network

Metroplan Announces Plan for $55M Transportation Network
Tab Townsell, executive director of Metroplan (Kerry Prichard)

Metroplan announced Wednesday its plan to develop a $55 million regional multi-use path network over the next ten years.

The organization’s Surface Transportation Program Block Grant program will fund the project from Fiscal Year 2021 through FY 2030, according to a news release. 

Metroplan said the network will integrate existing trails, paths and sidewalks to make connections within the overall regional transportation system. It will also aim for seamless connection with the existing and future transit network. 

"This is a huge strategic step forward," Metroplan Executive Director Tab Townsell said in the release, because "this initiative will make a region-scaled footprint and provide accessibility that is currently not there."

The organization said the project will yield benefits for personal health and wellness, tourism, economic development, regional image and overall quality of life. The project will also be integrated into Metroplan's next regional master plan, set to be released in 2022. 

"This trail initiative is innovative, it is trend-setting, and it will succeed because we are committed to it over the long term," said North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, president of the Metroplan Board, in the release.

The organization is seeking public and private partners to help implement its vision.