Process and Timeline

The Study was organized in five phases and was completed in early 2017. Throughout the process, the Study team engaged local planners and stakeholders, including engagement with a Study Advisory Committee and other committees. The public was involved throughout the Study, primarily at three outreach points:

  1. To help verify community values
  2. To provide input into transportation challenges and investments to study, and
  3. To discuss the tradeoffs between investment packages.

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Phase 1: Taking Stock and Community Values
The first phase of the Study looked back over the past 30 years to review how the County has grown and what major transportation decisions and investments have been made to respond to that growth. This phase verified what’s important to the community to consider as we evaluate future transportation investments for the County.

Phase 2: Land Use Scenarios
Phase 2 of the Study focused on developing two scenarios for how we might grow in the next 40 to 50 years. The scenarios are not forecasts, but are platforms that will allow testing of the efficacy and resiliency of potential transportation investments, given the uncertainty of forecasting the long-term future. Both scenarios build off of adopted local community plans.

Phase 3: Transportation Investment Packages
Phase 3 was focused on developing alternative transportation investment packages that could meet future challenges for travel by autos, truck, bike, walking and transit.

Phase 4: Evaluation
The Study Team evaluated the transportation investment packages to see how well they respond to community values identified earlier in the Study.

Phase 5: Public Review and Conclusions
In late 2016, the team shared Study findings and trade-offs between the alternatives. The results of the evaluation were the basis for a broad community discussion including an online open house and telephone survey.

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