Tribal Transportation and Safety Improvement Project: A Road to Improved Living - Needs Assessment Survey

Tribal transportation has come a long way from the days of the dog and horse, and although America is on the brink of the 21st century, tribal transportation remains behind in transportation technologies. To fully understand the conditions of transportation systems on Indian reservations in the Western Region of the United States, the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University – Bozeman conducted a Tribal Transportation and Safety Needs Survey. The survey was sent to tribal transportation planners on reservations throughout the Western United States. It sought to identify areas of transportation that are working well for tribal members as well as those areas that need improvement. General categories covered in the survey were road improvement systems that are currently being used, funding utilized for transportation improvement, and areas of transportation that tribal transportation planners feel need to be examined. This report summarizes the results from the survey and explores possible intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that could improve tribal transportation. This survey is the first phase of a larger Tribal Transportation and Safety Improvement Project. The goal of this ongoing project is to identify the transportation areas on reservations that need development or improvement and recommend solutions. It is envisioned that this project will further identify transportation improvements and thereby help increase tourism, create jobs for Indian people, and strengthen tribal sovereignty as it applies to transportation.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 43p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01108878
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2008 9:10AM