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A Guide to Transportation Decision Making

Introduction

The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

USDOT is the department in the executive branch of the Federal Government that provides guidance, policy, and funding for transportation by air, highways, rail, transit, and water.

Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about the transportation projects that affect your life? How do government officials decide where to put a bus stop, road, or bridge? How are these and other transportation projects planned? And how can you make sure your opinions are heard and considered by residents, planners, designers, and elected officials?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created this guide to answer these and other transportation project-related questions. We hope this guide will help you understand how transportation decisions are made at the local, State, and national levels; and that you will take advantage of the opportunities provided to contribute your ideas. We believe that the better the public understands the transportation decisionmaking process, the more certain it is that the transportation system will be safe and efficient, and that the planning process will be responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment.

Updated: 03/22/2012
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