Transportation planning provides a foundation for making good decisions. Transportation planners analyze information on existing and future travel patterns, problems, and needs; develop and evaluate alternative solutions to meet these needs; and develop short and long range plans and programs to implement transportation improvements. Transportation planners work for and with a variety of stakeholders including local, regional, and state governments and agencies; transportation planning, funding, and operating entities; and the private sector. Transportation planners are further engaged in a number of technical analyses, including travel forecasting; capital, operations, and maintenance costing; environmental, social, land use, and other impacts analyses; project, program, and systems performance measurement and evaluation; and financial planning.
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