Building a Quality Arizona

Statewide Transportation Framework Studies

A small bridge across a scenic desert washBy the year 2050, a projected 16 million people will live in Arizona. Adding 10 million people to the state’s current population will mean our state roadways are going to get a lot busier. Unfortunately, Arizona’s current transportation infrastructure is inadequate to handle the additional traffic that will occur when those residents try to get to where they live, work, learn and play.

In a process known as Building a Quality Arizona, Councils of Governments (COGs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) from around the state are working with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and the business community to talk about state infrastructure needs.

The BQAZ concept is modeled after the successful approach the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) followed in developing the Regional Transportation Plan, subsequently funded by voters as ‘Proposition 400’ in 2004. This process included developing a standard computer program or ‘modeling tool’ to analyze high growth areas. This modeling tool will help regional planners project travel demand across the state, so they can determine where infrastructure needs exist and what it will cost to build that infrastructure.

This valuable planning effort continues. While the recently completed I-10/Hassayampa Valley and I-8 and I-10/Hidden Valley framework studies facilitated a transportation plan for areas where growth and development is anticipated in the future, the latest BQAZ effort returns focus to the region's populated urban core with the Central Phoenix Framework Study.