The expectations society places on transportation and related planning processes are great. They include decreasing energy consumption and climate and environment impacts, promoting the wellbeing and health of people, improving the economy and employment prospects, developing businesses and residential areas, increasing safety, and decreasing the cost of transportation. At the same time planning is expected to value and serve individual users’ needs.
Taking all points of view into consideration requires comprehensive planning in which the relationship between transportation and land use takes center stage. Land use solutions create the prerequisites for the development of the area’s transportation system. In addition to the local relationship between land use and transportation, the connections to regional development, industry and transportation have become more and more important. These goals can be in contradiction with each other. Fitting them together during planning requires a more cross-administrative boundaries approach and closer communication between the different parties.
User needs vary enormously. Every user’s experience of the service level available is unique. Therefore communal objectives and user needs do not always meet. In planning, it is crucial to keep in mind the level of planning in question. The level of planning defines what issues concerning the user can actually be affected. At the level of transportation systems and networks, fast, safe and affordable access to various everyday services and functions is key. At a more detailed level of planning, such as a single connection or mode of transportation, it is a question of recognising the factors affecting function and usability. Strafica’s specialists have experience in both strategic planning, in which societal objectives are emphasized, and more detailed planning, in which user needs and desires are more central.