Roads, Bicycles, Transit and Trails
Transportation systems are integral to communities. They influence nearly every aspect of our lives. They are the means for moving people, goods and services throughout our community, the region and around the world. Our transportation systems have a major role in shaping patterns of growth, facilitating economic development, and influencing the character and livability of our community.
Transportation planning is a particularly important component in the overall planning for what we want our communities to be. Land use and transportation are linked. Past decisions about road placement and construction were not always based on a goal of sustainability. It’s important to have a clear vision for our community's future and build systems based on these goals, instead of building expensive roads and networks on a project-by-project basis, in reaction to traffic congestion or other problems. Planning, development and operational responsibility for the transportation network requires coordination among federal, state, and city government agencies, regional transit agencies, the port district, and also by the private sector.
In Washington, The Growth Management Act (1990) and The Statewide Transportation Planning Act, adopted in 1993, guide future community and transportation system planning at the state, regional and local levels. The State has also established Regional Transportation Planning Organizations. For more information on national, statewide and regional transportation planning visit the Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington.
A successful transportation system in Tumwater requires coordination between local, regional, state and federal agencies and the private sector to achieve a more efficient and balanced transportation system that supports the broader, long-range goals for our community.