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Karl Quackenbush

Posted by Karl Quackenbush, Acting Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff

Unlike the late-night-TV Ginsu knife salesman, transportation planners in the state can’t promise you a high-value transportation network at cut-rate prices. It’s expensive to maintain, operate, and expand a system and still keep it safe, secure, and accessible.

But planners and decision makers can commit to trying to achieve the biggest bang for the buck, particularly considering the scarcity of funds for transportation capital projects and the tremendous need for maintenance and modernization.  We also need to send the limited federal funds to the right projects and programs – those that make our system more sustainable (by reducing our carbon footprint and ongoing costs) and keep the system working for us, our regional economy, and job growth.  The “we” here is multifaceted.

The side responsible for making decisions about how federal transportation dollars are spent is the state’s metropolitan planning organizations. MPOs were created to have a vision for the future, plan how to get there, and fund projects that move us in that direction.

You are included in this equation.

There are 10 MPOs in the Commonwealth. (For 3 areas in the state, regional planning agencies do this work.)  MPOs work best when members of the public participate. Please get involved in this process. Follow this link to find an interactive MPO map to get to your MPO's website.

Learn about the metropolitan planning process. Then tell them what you think.

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