Transportation planning guides the decisionmaking needed to move towards implementation of the Tribe's envisioned future transportation system. Transportation planning starts with a long-term vision for transportation within the Tribal community. Creating this vision can help develop a better understanding of the factors that the transportation system will impact and those factors that may impact the transportation system vision. Planning provides a framework for effective decisionmaking and efficient investment of limited funds.
A vision reflects the Tribe's broad transportation goals and priorities. To develop a vision, a Tribe must consider how growth and other changes over time will affect future transportation needs and priorities such as:
The transportation goals and vision become the foundation for developing a long-range transportation plan (LRTP) which will guide improvements to the transportation system over the next 20 years or more. Goals and visions can be simple, such as improved safety at intersections or improved pedestrian access, or they can be complex, such as improved roadway access to developing lands and to the existing transportation network.
The Arizona Department Of Transportation Tribal Strategic Partnering Team was established to improve coordination, cooperation, and consultation among the several agencies and organizations working on issues related to Tribal transportation planning in the state: the Arizona DOT, FHWA, the Regional Tribal Technical Assistance Program, the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, and the Inter-tribal Council of Arizona. By combining technical and financial resources, these agencies support one another in a unique and ongoing effort that helps facilitate decisionmaking for addressing Tribal transportation issues.