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The people who plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate a community’s transportation system are one of three types of stakeholders that Avenue Design Partners believes it is critical to involve in delivering transportation services to a community. These are the technical experts. Their understanding of transportation systems, based on decades of institutional experience, is the foundation for developing a technical solution to any transportation problem.

Another essential group to engage, especially during planning and design, are the governmental regulators. These people have been given a mandate to interpret and enforce the legal rules necessary for the smooth functioning of society, the protection of the environment, and the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Enlisting regulators as part of the planning and design teams allows plans and designs to emerge that jointly solve transportation and other social, economic, and environmental issues in an efficient and practical manner by leveraging the assets and funding of several governmental organizations simultaneously.

Overarching the interests of technical experts and regulators are the interests of the community as articulated by the general public and their elected representatives. Ultimately, it is the public that determines the needs and appropriate solutions for building and operating our nation’s transportation systems. Effectively involving neighbors and travelers and the elected and appointed officials who represent the public’s interest is critical to defining the issues, establishing goals and measurements of success, identifying a range of alternatives and selecting, funding, and building a preferred option.

By thoroughly engaging all stakeholders as equal partners in a decision making process that defines and comprehensively measures how well alternative solutions will meet the technical, regulatory, and community goals of the project, an appropriate transportation solution
will emerge from this inclusive planning and design process—leading to not only a built project and a better understanding of how transportation supports the goals of society, but more importantly, a recognition by the public that their government can work effectively, efficiently, and well.