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Montana Transportation and Land Use

identifying and planning

Identifying and planning for transportation needs

Transportation planning plays a fundamental role in a state, region, or community's vision for its future. Planning typically provides a blueprint to guide the decisions and investments needed to develop a transportation system that serves its citizens', communities', and economy's future needs. The following strategies include a range of planning and analysis tools necessary to successfully plan for transportation in your community: a comprehensive consideration of possible strategies; an encompassing evaluation and analysis process; meaningful community engagement; the collaboration of relevant transportation-related agencies and organizations; and open, timely, and meaningful public involvement.

Case studies that feature tools for identifying and planning for transportation needs include the following: