The Transportation Safety Planning program at MAG was launched in July 2000. The primary goal of this program is to identify both current and future regional transportation safety issues, concerns and needs and determine ways to address them through the transportation planning process. The serious discussion of road safety issues at the regional level began at the first annual MAG Regional Transportation Safety Forum, held in March 2001. The Regional Transportation Safety Stakeholders Group was formed in November 2001 to address this topic in an organized manner. This diverse group, representing a broad cross section of public and private agencies and safety advocacy groups, helped the region take the first steps in true multidisciplinary safety planning. Topics such as Safe Access to Schools, Reducing Red Light Running, Introducing Road Safety Audits and Producing an Annual Report on Road Safety in the Region were identified as goals in a Safety Action Plan developed by the Group. The Group acknowledged that future improvements in road safety required the interaction among multiple disciplines and agencies involving the 4E’s: Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Medical Services. The foundation laid by this Group was instrumental in the formation of the MAG Transportation Safety Committee, a first for an MPO in the nation.
Safety Conscious Planning (SCP) is a planning philosophy that is being advanced at the national level by the USDOT. It implies a proactive approach to improving road safety in order to reduce the heavy toll of 42,000 annual road fatalities in the nation. Long range planning for a safer transportation system, though seemingly simplistic, is very new to agencies engaged in planning and implementing transportation systems. The MAG region has begun implementing this philosophy by considering safety explicitly in the Regional Transportation 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.
On February 27, 2017, ADOT requested MAG and other COGs and MPOs to issue and coordinate a call for projects for programming new projects in FY2018, 2019 and 2020. MAG is coordinating this call for projects with ADOT, and will recommend a list of project for the available HSIP funds. Since MAG has fully programmed available HSIP funds in FY 2018, member agencies are invited to submit project applications for qualifying road safety improvements in fiscal years(FY) 2019 and 2020, to be funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. Project applications must be submitted via email to: email@example.com by 10:00 a.m. on Monday September 18, 2017. 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).
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