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A Citizen's Guide to Transportation Decision Making

Your Role in the Planning Process

So how do you fit into the transportation planning process? Your role in the process is very important. Without your inputyour ideasstate and local governments cannot have a true understanding of your community's needs.

Although some people may think that transportation officials can get all needed information on their own, that is not the case. You may know information that is more current or detailed than is available to transportation professionals. You may also see things differently than transportation officials. This is why it is so important for you to be involved.

The transportation planning process is ongoing, nonstop, and can take many years, so there are several ways to make transportation planners aware of your needs and concerns, and also help develop transportation solutions. To make sure that you are following the latest developments, you can:

Remember that vision plans, long-range transportation plans, and transportation improvement programs are the key documents that come from transportation planning. These documents are used to build the foundation for individual transportation projects. They are all part of the big transportation picture and are important to your transportation future. Get involved!

Updated: 3/28/2012
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