Billings Community Transportation Safety Plan
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a Community Transportation Safety Plan?
MDT's Community Transportation Safety Plan program provides Montana communities with technical and financial support for the development of community transportation safety plans (CTSP). The intent of the Billings CTSP is to identify safety needs and help guide future decisions regarding transportation safety in the Billings area. This safety effort is similar to the development of Montana's Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan goals and objectives, but at a reduced scale, consistent with the needs of the community. A CTSP must be data driven and consider education, enforcement, emergency medical services, and engineering components in determining short-, mid-, and long-term strategies and actions to address identified issues.
Who conducted this safety plan?
A request for transportation safety planning assistance was submitted by the Billings MPO. This planning effort was conducted by the Billings MPO CTSP Advisory Committee (AC) in partnership with the Montana Department of Transportation to address safety concerns and identify strategies to address transportation safety issues within the greater Billings area. DOWL collected and analyzed relevant crash and safety data for the MPO, Yellowstone County, and Montana. The AC and DOWL engaged the public on their viewpoints and suggestions surrounding safety and fatality reduction in the Billings community, assessed current efforts, and inventoried "best practices" of national and other community transportation safety plans to help the AC and MPO identify strategies that are achievable and aimed at reducing and preventing traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
The MPO and safety partners:
- analyzed crash and safety data,
- gathered community input for consideration,
- researched data based on concerns and issues,
- identified potential safety strategies,
- determined implementation strategies,
- identified responsible persons/agencies to carry out the strategies,
- identified potential funding sources,
- outlined a process to track and report implementation progress, and
- facilitated approval of the Billings Community Transportation Safety Plan as determined by the MPO.
How can I stay involved in this process?
Members of the public can stay involved by contacting the MPO to inquire about opportunities to participate in plan implementation and future updates.
Lora Mattox, AICP
Billings | Yellowstone County Metropolitan Planning Organization