Phoenix workshop scheduled for ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

Final meeting in first series of ‘Think Ahead about Transportation’ workshops

PHOENIX – Community members, businesses and stakeholders are invited to provide their input and ideas to shape the long-range vision for Arizona’s transportation system during a workshop in Phoenix next week.

The workshop, scheduled for Thursday, May 12, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., will be held at the Maricopa Association of Governments, 302 N. First Ave. in Phoenix.

The meeting is the last in a series of more than a dozen statewide workshops hosted by ADOT. These “Think Ahead about Transportation” workshops, which began in January, help shape ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, also known as What Moves You Arizona, which is updated every five years. The Long-Range Plan looks 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.

While ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan is not project-specific, it identifies priorities based on current and projected transportation funding over the next 25 years. Because limited revenues will not meet all current and future transportation needs, it’s up to the public, policymakers and communities to tell ADOT what’s important to them.

More than 350 people representing more than 150 organizations around Arizona participated in the previous statewide workshops. A full report on all the workshops will be posted on the long-range plan website once the MAG workshop is completed. The next round of public comment opportunities will include another set of workshops, along with an interactive online tool that will allow people to weigh in on the criteria that will be used to select improvement projects in the future.

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.

Visit azdot.gov/whatmovesyouarizona for more information on ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan.  The final version of the plan is expected to be complete in early 2017.

For those interested in attending next week’s Phoenix workshop, please RSVP by emailing Dillon Kennedy at [email protected] or call 602.712.7106.