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A Citizen's Guide to Transportation Decision Making

The Basics of Transportation Decisionmaking

Imagine any ground transportation: train, car, bicycle, wheelchair, or foot. Now, think about your favorite way to travel. Which would you use to get to your destination? Are you satisfied with your choice? Will you have any problems using this method? Would you like more options?

The process of identifying transportation problems and looking for solutions to those problems is called transportation planning.

Transportation planning is the job of professionals who study and work out the best ways to get you to . . .

photo of pedestrians with a bus in the background

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

Transportation decisionmaking looks for ways to solve current transportation problems while avoiding future problems. Transportation planners try to figure out how to get you to and from your destination safely and on timenot only today, but also 5, 10, and even 20 years from now. To give you the best transportation choices, transportation planners work with many different public and private groups that provide housing, schools, jobs, and parks.

Updated: 3/28/2012
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