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A Guide to Transportation Decision Making

The Basics of Transportation Decisionmaking

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Imagine the various modes of ground transportation: train, car, bicycle, wheelchair, or walking. Now, think about your favorite way to travel. Which would you choose to get to your destination? Are you satisfied with your choices? Will you experience any problem using this method? Would you like more options? The process of identifying opportunities to improve transportation systems to improve the access and mobility of people and businesses is called transportation planning.

Transportation planners are professionals who study and recommend the best ways to operate and manage the transportation system efficiently both today and in the future to get you to...

Transportation professionals place a high priority on getting you to and from your destinations safely and efficiently. They are also committed to preserving our communities and neighborhoods, and keeping our air and water clean.

Transportation decisionmaking looks for ways to solve current and anticipated transportation problems while avoiding future problems. Transportation planners think about the system that exists today and the system that will exist 5, 10, and even 20 years from now. To develop the best transportation choices, transportation planners reach out and involve many different organizations, for example those that provide housing, schools, jobs, parks, and care for our environmental resources.

Updated: 3/22/2012
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