New Publication Provides Transportation Systems Guidance to City Leaders

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Because transportation helps shape an area's economy and quality of life, an efficient transportation system must provide for the mobility of people and goods while it influences patterns of growth and economic activity by providing access to land. To address challenges local elected officials face when tackling urban transportation problems, NLC has published "Understanding Urban Transportation Systems: An Action Guide for City Leaders."

Transportation planning is more than just identifying highway and transit capital projects. It requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining and financing the area's transportation system in such a way as to advance the area's long-term goals.

One of the biggest challenges with this process is improving the coordination between transportation and land-use planning to ensure mobility throughout a region. The planning, design and construction of roads and highways as well as other transportation modes calls upon a host of local, state and even federal stakeholders who each have varying levels of priorities, roles and responsibilities.

"Understanding Urban Transportation Systems: An Action Guide for City Leaders" serves as a tool that will help city leaders better understand the nuances of integrating a transportation network into their communities that is comprehensive and meets their specific needs. …