How do you fit in?
Your guide to the transportation planning process
and why you should participate
What is Transportation Planning?
Transportation Planning involves looking at transportation problems and determining the best possible solution.
Available funding, situation urgency, and problem severity each have a bearing on how the solutions are developed. However, you can have a direct effect on projects by making your voice heard. How projects affect residents, businesses, and organizations are major considerations in the planning process.
Residents at a public meeting discuss new trails for exercise and transportation.
What is a Regional Transportation Plan?
Every five years, INCOG creates a transportation plan for the Tulsa region, which includes parts of Creek, Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties and all of Tulsa County.
The plan includes policies and actions for each of the transportation modes (Roadways, Freight, Bicycle/Pedestrian, and Public Transportation). The Regional Transportation Plan is not a wish list - all projects and policies are based on anticipated funding levels.
Why should you get involved?
The projects and policies of the final Regional Transportation Plan are based on comments from residents like you.
Each person has unique experiences with transportation, and your involvement is crucial to ensuring the issues most important to you are addressed in an appropriate manner.
What are the different ways I can participate?
WEBSITE - The Transportation Planning website (www.incog.org/transportation) includes meeting and event details, documents, and planning milestones.
PLANNING MEETINGS - INCOG will hold meetings to elicit public comment. Check the website for meeting schedules or call for more information.
SURVEYS - INCOG will conduct a number of transportation surveys and questionnaires. You can complete all these on the website or request a hardcopy to complete and mail.
CONTACT INCOG - To get planning updates, request information, or submit your comments, please contact the INCOG Transportation Planning staff by phone (918.584.7526) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All the documents and information available at public meetings are also available on the INCOG website. Most documents are available in Spanish. If you need another format, contact INCOG.
When will these plans affect me?
Work begins on the policies and projects outlined in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) immediately after adoption. The Connections 2035 RTP covers projects from 2010 to 2035.
If you are interested in finding out more about current projects, you can visit the INCOG Transportation Planning website at www.incog.org/transportation.
What if I have special needs or a disability?
INCOG takes steps to ensure participation in the transportation planning process is open to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, income, age, sex, or disability.
If you need materials in a different format because of a disability, or need special accommodations to attend meetings, please contact INCOG Transportation Planning by email (email@example.com) or phone (918.584.7526).
Transportation Planning Phases
The Connections 2035 planning process is divided into five phases. For more details, visit www.incog.org/transportation/connections2035.
PHASE I: Data Collection (Jan.- Dec. 2006)
This phase involves surveying residents and organization representatives about their transportation habits and views. Also, information is collected on each of the transportation modes.
PHASE II: Vision & Priorities (Jan. - Dec. 2007)
Residents, community leaders, and other stakeholders discuss their vision for future transportation and help determine which projects and policies should be given priority. INCOG staff collect comments at community meetings and at events throughout the region.
PHASE III: Scenarios & Modeling (Jan. - Dec. 2008)
Using the vision and priorities identified by stakeholders, INCOG staff create different transportation “scenarios.” INCOG analyzes each scenario, and the benefits and limitations of each is noted. The public has an opportunity to suggest modifications for the scenarios before they are finalized.
PHASE IV: Draft and Review (Jan. - Dec. 2009)
During this phase, INCOG staff use the input from stakeholders during the first three phases (visions, priorities, and scenarios) to develop the Connections 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. The draft plan will be available online and at a series of meetings for public review.
PHASE V: Final Plan (Jan. - Oct. 2010)
The public has an opportunity to review the final plan and make comments before the 2035 RTP is endorsed by the INCOG Board of Directors.