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Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches That Promote Livability


Livability in transportation does not just incorporate driving, but also walking, cycling, and public transportation. While almost all of federal transportation funding is spent on highway projects, 85 percent of people and jobs are in metropolitan areas where a diverse range of transportation options are or should be available. The Department of Transportation organized this guidebook to showcase how livability principles have been and should continue to be incorporated into transportation, planning, programs, and project design initiatives at the state, regional, and local levels.

Key Points

This guidebook is based on the idea that organizing a transportation planning process centered around livability can help identify short-term improvements, while creating a long-term vision for revitalization of corridors, neighborhoods, cities, and towns in any state that make communities more compact, safe, convenient, and realistic; and making transportation systems more accessible, efficient, and equitable.

Other guidebook highlights include:

  1. Transportation planning is no longer an individual thing. It is now being integrated with broader community goals, which can lead to more cost-effective and comprehensive solutions. Therefore, transportation planners should think more broadly about project goals, enlist more partners, and develop more integrated solutions that support community livability.
  2. Detailed information about the six phases of transportation planning and project development, including visioning, planning and process, policy, partnership, design and implementation, and funding is discussed.
  3. When planning, start with engaging community residents and stakeholders, looking for recognized needs, welcoming partners, pooling and leveraging funds, and focusing on your starting area.

How to Use

Transportation planners, as well as state, regional, and local decision makers and government leaders can use this guide to better understand how transportation and planning can increase the livability of their communities. It provides case study examples of how other communities have successfully increased the quality of life for residents through incorporating transportation initiatives, discusses common challenges in transportation planning, and serves as an overall guide for transportation planning and implementation.

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