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Introduction to Transportation Planning

II. What Is Transportation Planning?

Transportation planning is more than listing highway and transit projects. It requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing the area's transportation system to achieve the community's long-term transportation goals. It looks for ways to solve current transportation problems while anticipating and addressing issues likely to occur in the future. The planning process:

Figure 3 shows the basic steps in the transportation planning process. While each step in the process depends on all the other steps before it, the "feedback" arrows demonstrate that the process is continuous and flexible. The planning process accommodates changes that influence the transportation system and related decisionmaking processes.

Figure 3: Basic Steps in Transportation Planning and Decisionmaking. Click link below image for text description

Updated: 12/19/2013
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