General Plan Elements: Transportation + Traffic Circulation

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Transportation refers to the movement of people and goods from one location to another.  It involves various modes such as cars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians, trains, airplanes, ships and more.  Transportation infrastructure includes roadways, highways, bridges, public transit systems, airports, seaports, and railways.  Effective transportation systems are essential for facilitating economic activities, connecting communities, and providing access to essential services.

Traffic circulation specifically pertains to the movement and flow of vehicles within a transportation network, typically within roads and streets.  It involves the study and planning of how vehicles navigate through intersections, roadways, and other traffic-related elements.  Traffic circulation aims to optimize the efficiency and safety of vehicle movements, considering factors such as traffic signals, signage, lane configurations, and roadway design.

When it comes to long range planning initiatives, such as general plans, transportation and traffic circulation plans are crucial for creating functional and safe transportation systems as they have a direct impact on the overall well being, sustainability, and functionality of a community.

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