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Transportation planning plays a fundamental role in the state, region or community’s vision for its future. SJTPO provides a forum for cooperative decision-making among responsible state and local officials, public and private transportation providers, and the general public.
A transportation system, based on regional collaboration that moves people and goods in a safe and efficient manner and incorporates all modes and users.
Transportation Planning Process
The steps that SJTPO follows for developing, evaluating, and implementing a performance-based Planning Process.
Layout the Planning Process
The Transportation Planning Process cycle begins with laying out the overall strategy. During this planning stage, stakeholders (governments, authorities, citizens, etc.) work together to prepare, adopt and occasionally amend the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), which essentially serves as the budget for SJTPO activities.
Establish Vision & Goals
Next comes developing a regional vision with specific goals and objectives. The stakeholders hold numerous meetings to initiate an exchange of ideas and different viewpoints regarding the future development of the region. The list of goals developed from this vision is expanded to include specific objectives that help implement the goals.
Data relevant to the various areas included in the Long-Range Plan (including population and population distribution, natural resources, economic, housing, transportation, and land use) are then collected and compiled into an Existing Conditions or Existing Uses report. The data collected determines stakeholder needs and evaluates the financial resources needed to meet them.
From that data, Long-Range Planning (the development of Transportation Matters) can occur. Regional goals and objectives are essential to the purpose of Transportation Matters. SJTPO, along with local governments, special districts, and citizens, prepare, adopt, update, and amend Transportation Matters, which normally projects out 20 years into the future. Transportation Matters contains text, maps, graphs, and charts that show SJTPO’s vision, goals, strategies, and recommendations that guide the physical development of the region.
After the development of the Transportation Matters, a short-term list of fiscally constrained priority projects is generated. This is a list of projects that the various stakeholders and data analysis determine are important to a region’s needs, goals and objectives. This leads to shorter-term fiscally constrained priority projects. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) list is generated from the short-term list. The projects included TIP list are projects that will be implemented.
The final step of the process is monitoring and evaluating the project implementation, with the aim of improving its design and function while in action. Monitoring provides constant feedback on a project’s progress, problems, and efficiency. The evaluation studies the outcome of a project with the aim of informing future project design. Evaluation studies can determine the extent to which the project produced the intended impacts and the distribution of the benefits between different stakeholders, and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the project as compared with other options.