In today's fast-paced world, a reliable transportation system is vital, as people and commerce move through a statewide network to get to where they're going. To keep pace, the transportation needs of tomorrow take planning and investment to ensure that Arizona stays competitive and meets the needs of a growing state.
That's why the Arizona Department of Transportation is looking 25 years down the road to determine the best mix of investment to preserve, modernize and expand the state transportation system with the resources available. It's a project called the Long-Range Transportation Plan, and it's updated every five years.
Starting next week, ADOT will host a series of workshops across the state that are designed for community members, businesses and stakeholders to provide their input and ideas to shape the long-range vision for Arizona's transportation system. These "Think Ahead About Transportation" workshops will be the foundation to begin the process of updating ADOT's Long-Range Transportation Plan, also known as What Moves You Arizona.
"As Governor Ducey pointed out in his State of the State speech last week, Arizona's goals include growing our economy, while providing opportunity for all through our ability to work together," said ADOT Director John Halikowski. "The work ahead on our Long-Range Transportation Plan allows us to accomplish those goals, to ensure Arizona has a transportation system that carries us forward."
While ADOT's Long-Range Plan is not project-specific, it identifies investment priorities based on current and projected transportation funding over the next 25 years. However, limited revenues will not meet all current and future transportation needs. The process requires distributing transportation funding in order to balance preservation, expansion and modernization of our system.
A number of "Think Ahead About Transportation" workshops are currently scheduled. Additional workshops will be announced for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
It’s up to the public, policymakers and communities to tell ADOT what’s important to them throughout the long range planning process and to prioritize projects and funding for those projects.
The final version of the plan is expected to be complete in early 2017.