Transportation Planning plays a fundamental role in the regional vision for the future. It includes a comprehensive consideration of possible strategies; an evaluation process that encompasses diverse viewpoints; the collaborative participation of relevant transportation related agencies and organizations; and open, timely, and meaningful public involvement. Transportation helps shape an area’s economic health and quality of life. Not only does the transportation system provide for the mobility of people and goods, it also influences patterns of growth and economic activity by providing access to the land. The performance of the system affects public policy concerns like air quality, environmental resource consumption, social equality, land use, urban growth, economic development, safety and security. Transportation planning recognizes the critical links between transportation and other societal goals. The planning process is more than merely listing 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. Transportation planning is a cooperative process designed to foster involvement by all users of the system, such as the business community, community groups, environmental organizations, the traveling public and freight operators through a proactive public participation process.