Department of Transportation Hopes to Involve Public in Making Decisions with Transportation Toolkit
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Department of Transportation Hopes to Involve Public in Making Decisions with Transportation Toolkit

The kit is part of a package of user-friendly educational materials

December 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is hoping that the public will become more involved in decision making by using its new Transportation Toolkit.

The Every Place Counts Leadership Academy Transportation Toolkit is a new resource developed for use in communities, cities, regions, and states in training new transportation leaders. It is one part of a package of downloadable and user-friendly educational materials that are free for any person or organization to use.

"If you have a transportation idea, concern, or challenge on your mind, or if you want to participate in the process of making decisions about transportation, this Toolkit is for you," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As we worked on the Design Challenge, it was clear that communities have important feedback about the transportation options in their area and that we in the transportation community need to be clear about the process."

The Toolkit is meant to help members of the general public as well as emerging community leaders with limited experience making transportation-related decision become better engaged with the decision-making process. Using clear design and plain language, it explains the process of making transportation-related decisions and discusses how people can work with local and state transportation agencies in a manner both proactive and constructive.

The materials released by the DOT include the following:

  • A Transportation Toolkit explaining the basics and helping people figure out how to effectively take part in the processes of making transportation decisions. For instance, it explains how to find high-quality data that illustrate the necessity of a transportation project as well as possible best times for contacting an agency with ideas.
  • A Quick Guide providing an overview of the contents of the Toolkit in a short and colorful booklet.
  • A video highlighting what it's like to attend a Leadership Academy.
  • An Online Resource Library providing in-depth resources for topics ranging from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to accessibility.
  • A Facilitator's Guide assisting new community leaders in planning and heading their own Leadership Academies by outlining a group of learning tasks and discussions that can help participants use the Toolkit's content.

"Communities often find they are missing the opportunity windows to provide valuable input about the transportation options their area needs," said U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Opportunities Officer Stephanie Jones. "The Toolkit is a way for communities to learn the process and be able to provide the input that would create the network that will work for them."