A Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Decision Making
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) wrote this guide to give you the answers to these and other transportation-related questions.
• Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about transportation projects that affect your life?
• How do government officials decide where to put a bus stop, road, or bridge?
• How are these and other transportation projects planned?
• In addition, how can you make sure your opinions are heard and considered by the planners, road designers, elected officials, and other citizens?
We hope this guide will help you understand how transportation decisions are made at the local, state, and national levels. We believe that the better citizens understand the transportation decisionmaking process, and then we will have a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment.