Who Makes Transportation Decisions?

Overview

Who Makes Transportation Decisions?

Decisions about transportation programs and infrastructure occur at all levels of government. When embarking on a safe route to school project it is important for local leaders to understand that they have many opportunities to influence transportation decisions that may not be immediately apparent. Transportation planning in California is complex. This section helps explain how individuals, agencies, departments and planning processes can be used to, and do, influence transportation infrastructure in California.

Overview

Local Government Roles

Local leaders can promote objectives of active transportation by:

  • Establishing active transportation goals within their guiding documents and plans.
  • Supporting local strategies that promote their healthy community goals.
  • Collaborating with relevant transportation-related agencies and organizations.
Overview

Regional, State and Federal Roles

Regional, state and federal transportation authorities address connectivity across local jurisdictions and establish area transportation plans.  Local agencies’ transportation projects, including safe routes to school improvements, need to be part of the area transportation plan to obtain priority in regional, state and federal funding programs.

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