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Transportation System Plan 2035 undergoing updates

Staff~ 3/2/2015

NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is currently updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP 2035). Hundreds of Maricopa County residents have come out to participate in public meetings to give their input on potential transportation improvement projects. MCDOT’s series of public meetings will continue through mid-March in different locations throughout the County. Additionally, the public can provide comments through MCDOT’s interactive TSP 2035 website through the end of April.

“The County is committed to involving community members in the transportation planning process,” said Steve Chucri, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “Engaging residents and businesses on key transportation issues is important to the success of the TSP 2035 and will ensure the project has broad community support.”

The TSP 2035 is a comprehensive blueprint that guides long range transportation project priorities and the management and investment in Maricopa County’s transportation system. Two separate series of public input meetings will be conducted at critical milestones in the TSP 2035 process. The first round of public input meetings currently underway provide the public with an opportunity to comment on a range of topics including traffic safety, future roadway needs, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity projects, roadway maintenance, traffic management, and intelligent transportation systems.

The second and final series of public input meetings (currently slated for February/March 2016) are conducted during the Plan Development Phase and will present the findings and recommendations of the draft TSP 2035 and include opportunity for additional public comments and discussion.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that all interested residents and stakeholders have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in this TSP 2035 process,” said Jennifer Toth, MCDOT Director. “We encourage everyone to get involved and help us shape future transportation improvements that will support the livability, sustainability, prosperity and diversity of the region as a whole.”

In addition to attending public input meetings, there are many ways County residents can get involved in the process:

Visit the project Web site (mcdot.maricopa.gov/tsp/home.htm) to comment on transportation issues and join the email list. You can also find information about upcoming events, planning efforts and documents, and related topics.
Join us at an upcoming public meeting: mcdot.maricopa.gov/tsp/meetingDates.htm
 Invite the project team to present to your community or business group.

Follow the project on Twitter @MCDOTNews. The TSP is updated regularly to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future transportation needs, estimated funding and strategies to move Maricopa County forward.