Transportation Planning

Transportation and how it is planned impacts every facet of daily life.  How we get from point A to point B is at the root of how we live.  Transportation Planning involves how residents, visitors, goods, and the delivery of services gets from multiple points to multiple points every second of the day.  This is done by charting a plan for multiple modes of transportation that factors the potential demand on infrastructure.  The demand for modes of transportation is not uniform throughout a region.

The basic unit of transportation infrastructure is a road.  Roads are classified by intensity of uses that access them.  A sparsely populated area with rural residential housing stock might only require a few local, two-lane roads.  But in metropolitan areas that experience population growth and with it a growth in housing demand, a plan for road improvements or the addition of new roads would need to accompany new subdivisions or denser housing developments.

With more growth comes more modes of transportation.  It is extremely difficult to implement a plan for a metropolitan area where every resident travels in an automobile.  In fact, most households have multiple automobiles.  Residents with shorter commutes from point A to point B are finding that there are multiple benefits to commuting either on foot or by bicycle.  These potential benefits are now affecting housing choice and office and commercial development patterns.

2014 DeKalb County Transportation Plan: Progress Through Unity DeKalb County recently completed the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  The plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on May 13, 2014.

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