Maricopa County seeks public input on Transportation System Plan 2035

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is updating the Transportation System Plan that was adopted in 2007. The TSP is a blueprint guiding long-range transportation project priorities that address the future needs of Maricopa County residents.

MCDOT will be kicking off the TSP 2035 by conducting a series of 13 public meetings throughout the county in February and March to provide the public with the opportunity to give their input on potential transportation improvement projects, according to a press release.

The Mesa open house is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Desert Hills Baptist Church, 8326 E. McDowell Road.

In Queen Creek, a meeting has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the town hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road.

For a list of additional meeting dates, locations and information, visit the interactive MCDOT TSP 2035 website.

“One of the most important components of the TSP 2035 process is gathering public and stakeholder input,” said Steve Chucri, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in the release. “This is a great opportunity for county residents to help shape the future of transportation improvements in the region.”

Two separate series of public input meetings will be conducted at critical milestones in the TSP 2035 process. The first round of public input meetings, conducted February-March, will provide the public with an opportunity to give input about TSP 2035 and inform project team members about local transportation needs.

Participants will be able to comment on a range of topics including traffic safety, future roadway needs, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity projects, roadway maintenance, traffic management and intelligent transportation systems. The public can also provide input through the interactive website.

The second and final series of public input meetings (slated for February and March 2016) are conducted during the plan development phase. They will present the findings and recommendations of the draft TSP 2035 and include opportunity for additional comments and discussion, according to the release.

“Transportation investments are most effective and supported by people when they are built on a shared idea,” said MCDOT Director Jennifer Toth in the release. “The TSP 2035 public input process will establish the foundation for a safe, balanced and multimodal transportation system.”

The TSP is updated regularly to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future transportation needs, estimated funding and strategies to move Maricopa County forward, according to the release.

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