How Decisions Are Made

Highways, aviation, rail and public transportation needs are all taken into consideration when planning Idaho's transportation future. Traffic patterns and congestion, land-use issues, safety and preservation of freight rail lines are all important. The transportation department's planning specialists work closely with local governments, regional planning organizations, the state's leadership and the public to respond to these needs.

Vital role of public comment
Public comment is an especially critical step in reaching decisions. The transportation department actively seeks the public's advice throughout the planning, designing, construction and operation of a project.

Not content with just having people come to public hearings, the transportation department goes where the people are. Some of the methods used to obtain public involvement include:

Implementing policy
The Transportation Board appoints the transportation department's director and delegates certain powers. The director in turn delegates authority and responsibility for performing work to transportation department managers.

Policies are recommended to the Idaho Transportation Board by transportation department staff and nine advisory boards and committees.