Researchers at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) list six design strategies that improve the outcome of community transportation projects.
Authorized by congress in the 2005 transportation bill and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the federal study looked at cities across the U.S. to analyze the economic, environmental, and public health benefits to transportation projects that successfully utilized innovative design strategies.
The findings include creating easy navigation maps and signs, the use of three or four-dimensional objects to involve citizens, and ensuring inclusion of all community stakeholders.
CTS and AIA suggest that involving the public in the design process increases the long-term satisfaction of the project and provides communities with the services they need.
The study results will help communities design better roads, mass transit systems and other modes of transportation to ensure community member interests are served.