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Choosing a Path Forward

One of the most important jobs of an organization like the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is to develop a long-term regional transportation plan, guiding how our region spends its transportation dollars.

MAG has developed two possible scenarios, each at two different funding levels, to help illustrate how the path we choose today could lead to different outcomes in the future. The scenarios, or paths, are called New Capacity and System Optimization. Based on your feedback, the ultimate plan will be a combination of these scenarios.

Infographic showing that the ultimate plan will be a combination of the scenarios detailed below.

New Capacity

The new capacity scenarios are about expanding our current transportation system with large projects, like building new roadways and rail. These projects bring significant benefits, but also have a large price tag. Focusing on larger projects also means that we wouldn’t be able to invest as widely in other areas, like bus transit.

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Image credit: Valley Metro

System Optimization

The system optimization scenarios are about making our existing system as efficient and effective as possible. These scenarios emphasize larger investments in technology, safety, and bus transit, to make it easier to get around. These scenarios include additional high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and other improvements to existing infrastructure.  This strategy funds a diverse set of transportation facilities instead of large, new projects.

Now that you've learned about the differences between the two scenario concepts , let's learn more about what this means for our transportation system at different funding levels.

Key Features of Each Scenario

Click on New Capacity or System Optimization to learn about the scenarios.

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Infographic listing number of new miles created in various categories for the half cent new capacity scenario.
Donut chart showing funding priorities for the half cent new capacity scenario.
Donut chart showing the programmatic investments for the half cent new capacity scenario.
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Infographic listing number of new miles created in various categories for the full cent new capacity scenario.
Donut chart showing funding priorities for the full cent new capacity scenario.
Donut chart showing the programmatic investments for the full cent new capacity scenario.
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Infographic listing number of new miles created in various categories for the half cent system optimization scenario.
Donut chart showing funding priorities for the half cent system optimization scenario.
Donut chart showing the programmatic investments for the half cent system optimization scenario.
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Infographic listing number of new miles created in various categories for the full cent system optimization scenario.
Donut chart showing funding priorities for the full cent system optimization scenario.
Donut chart showing the programmatic investments for the full cent system optimization scenario.

Project Map

Click on a project to learn more or provide feedback.

Hungry for more data? Take a look at our Scenario Planning Report that takes a deeper dive into the data and outcomes of these different paths.

Important Choices Ahead

The level of funding our region has available to invest in transportation projects will have a real impact on how our system looks, feels, and functions – along with the choices we have available in the future. Together, we must weigh the benefits and tradeoffs of choosing to invest more (or less) in our roadways, transit system, and transportation programs.

Tell us what you think!

Now that you’ve learned about the four scenario concepts, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the important tradeoffs we’re facing. The questions below will help us better understand what’s most important to you.

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