The primary goal of the MAG Transportation Safety Planning Program is to identify both current and potential future transportation safety issues, concerns and needs in the region, and determine ways to address them through the regional transportation planning process. Oversight for this planning process is provided by the Transportation Safety Committee (TSC). The TSC consists of safety professionals representing Federal Highway Administration, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, 16 local agencies, Valley Metro, AAA Arizona and AARP. The committee meets bimonthly and all meetings are open to the public.
Strategic Transportation Safety Plan
The key planning document that guides regional efforts to improve road safety is the Strategic Transportation Safety Plan (STSP). The first STSP for the region was adopted by MAG in October 2005. The current STSP was approved in October 2015. Goals and action areas identified in the STSP will be incorporated in future updates of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Regional transportation safety initiatives, projects and studies that are recommended in the STSP are typically carried out by MAG utilizing regional resources. The STSP is closely coordinated with the state's development of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).
The 2015 Strategic Transportation Safety Plan (STSP), approved by the MAG Regional Council on October 28, 2015, is an update to the 2005 STSP. The STSP establishes the regional vision, goals, objectives, strategies, countermeasures, and performance measures for making systematic improvements in transportation safety. It is a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes goals, objectives, and key action areas and integrates the four E's of highway safety – Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The STSP development was closely coordinated, to ensure consistency, with the Arizona DOT 2014 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Oversight for the development of the STSP was provided by the MAG Transportation Safety Stakeholders Group (TSSG) that consisted of members of the MAG Transportation Safety Committee (TSC) and other key stakeholders.
Crash Trends in the MAG Region
The road safety information provided here is based on analysis carried out by Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), utilizing data for all reported crashes in the MAG planning region, provided to MAG by the Arizona DOT. Please contact MAG for any questions related to this information.
Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
New guidelines were announced by ADOT for evaluating all future HSIP funded projects, along with a new 2015 HSIP Manual. The new guidelines have defined a process whereby local agencies are required to submit HSIP project applications to their respective COG or MPO. The COG or MPO would be recommending projects to ADOT.
FY 2017 and 2018 HSIP Call for Projects
On February 3rd , 2016, ADOT requested MAG and other COGs and MPOs to issue and coordinate a call for projects for programming new projects in FY2017 and 2018. MAG is coordinating this call for projects with ADOT, and will recommend a list of project for the available HSIP funds. Member agencies are invited to submit project applications for qualifying road safety improvements in fiscal years(FY) 2017-2018, to be funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. Project applications must be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday March 24, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. Revised HSIP guidelines and a new HSIP project application form provided by ADOT is available at the links provided (see below).
Applications Submitted as of May 2, 2016
MAG Safe Routes to School Programs
The primary goal of the MAG Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is to help make walking and bicycling to school safer. All regional SRTS initiatives and projects are coordinated through MAG member agencies.
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