Bureau of Land Management’s National Long Range Transportation Plan

IB 2021040
Information Bulletin

United States Department of the Interior
                          BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
                                         Grand Junction, Colorado 81506

September 27, 2021

In Reply Refer To:
9113 (750) P   

Information Bulletin No. 2021-040

To:                  All Headquarters Office and Field Office Officials

From:              Deputy Director, Policy and Programs

Subject:           Bureau of Land Management’s National Long Range Transportation Plan                                                               

It is my pleasure to announce the availability of Transportation Connections 2040, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first National Long Range Transportation Plan (NLRTP).  The NLRTP is a practical tool to convey the BLM’s strategic goals and vision for travel and transportation planning and transportation asset management to advance the Administration’s priorities established in Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful.  The BLM aims to work collaboratively to manage the multi-modal transportation system that supports the equitable access, connectivity, and safety needs of multiple uses across public lands, while protecting the natural, cultural, and historic resources.

The BLM’s transportation system connects to larger transportation networks managed by states, counties, municipalities, and tribes.  This NLRTP is a resource to increase understanding of the BLM’s transportation program to support future collaboration.  In addition to providing critical connections with stakeholders, the BLM’s transportation program benefits a wide range of BLM programs.  This plan identifies actions to help the BLM reach the following transportation goals:

  • Access, Connectivity, and Experience: Manage the BLM’s transportation system to provide seamless public access to support the BLM’s multi-use mission.
  • Transportation Asset Management: Strategically invest funding to sustainably maintain BLM transportation assets.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships for a transportation system that connects communities to public lands.
  • Natural, Cultural, and Historical Resources: Manage the BLM’s transportation system to protect resources while providing appropriate access.
  • Safety: Provide safe and appropriate multimodal transportation access for all users of BLM-managed lands.

The NLRTP was initiated and developed collaboratively between the Division of Business, Engineering and Evaluations and the Division of Recreation and Visitor Services.  The BLM engaged in outreach with transportation officials from numerous western states which provide critical connectivity and access for the public to enjoy BLM managed public lands.  Between 2018 and 2019, an interdisciplinary team of members from the BLM headquarters, state, district, and field offices, involved in various program areas, developed the content within the NLRTP. 

We hope that you will find the information in Transportation Connections 2040 beneficial to your programs and valuable when advancing stakeholders engagement. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact, Reuben Vidaurrazaga, Transportation Program Manager, at (303) 236-1171 or rvidaurrazaga@blm.gov, or David Jeppesen, Travel and Transportation Management Specialist, at 385-630-9970 or d1jeppes@blm.gov.


Signed by:                                           Authenticated by:
Nada Wolff Culver                             Robert M. Williams
Deputy Director, Policy and               Division of Regulatory Affairs and Directives,(HQ-630)


1 Attachment
            1 – Transportation Connections 2040 (90 pp)