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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.
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.
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.
Click on New Capacity or System Optimization to learn about the scenarios.
Click on a project to learn more or provide feedback.
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.
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.