ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan was formally adopted earlier this month.
(You might remember that we blogged about the plan, right here
, and wrote about the successful outreach effort used to help shape the plan, here
ADOT planners will now use the Long-Range Transportation Plan as a guide to build a transportation system designed to carry Arizona into the future!
But just who is this group – otherwise known as the State Transportation Board – that adopted the plan?
The State Transportation Board is made up of seven members appointed by the Governor. Six of the members are chosen to represent a specific transportation district and one serves at large. Board members
serve a term of six years each.
In addition to serving in an advisory capacity to the ADOT Director, the Transportation Board is granted specific policy powers and duties, including:
- Responsibility for establishing a complete system of state highway routes and determining which state highway routes are accepted into the state highway system and which state highway routes are to be improved.
- Final authority on establishing, opening, relocating, altering, vacating, or abandoning any portion of a state route or state highway, including establishment of parkways and historic and scenic roadways.
- Awarding construction contracts and monitoring the status of construction projects.
And it doesn’t end with roads…
The Transportation Board also:
- distributes the money appropriated from the State Aviation Fund for planning, design, development, land acquisition, construction and improvement of publicly owned airport facilities;
- approves airport construction;
- has the exclusive authority to issue revenue bonds for financing needed transportation improvements throughout the state;
- determines priority program planning with respect to transportation facilities;
- annually adopts the five-year construction program;
- and, as we mentioned earlier, adopts the Long-Range Transportation Plan.
The board typically meets once a month and its meetings are open to the public
. For more about the board, or to check out the minutes of past meetings, visit the State Transportation Board Web page