Designed to be used frequently throughout the transportation planning process, Mosaic benefits several groups.
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Decision makers, such as city council members and planning commission members, benefit from having better information about possible impacts of different transportation decisions. Mosaic helps decision makers see the benefits and costs of potential investment decisions more clearly, making it easier to identify the mix of transportation investments that will provide the most value. Additionally, Mosaic provides the opportunity to work with citizens to agree on decision-making priorities in the transportation system planning process. This is done by deciding, together, what the relative weights among some key indicators (measures of impact) should be. Decision makers then evaluate Mosaic results by considering the tradeoffs of different types of benefits and impacts on their community.
With Mosaic, citizens are able to provide input on the weights, or relative values assigned to indicators. In this way, results reflect the transportation system goals and objectives most important to a particular community. Citizens also benefit from a more transparent transportation decision-making process that considers environmental and social costs and benefits alongside more traditional economic costs and benefits.
With Mosaic, transportation professionals get an evaluation tool at their fingertips that reflects common transportation goals and Oregon Transportation Plan policy even as it helps tailor decision making to unique community context and goals. Mosaic builds on and improves Oregon's transportation planning process by making tradeoffs between potential investments more explicit in a comprehensive and transparent way. Mosaic also provides a record of assumptions and information used in a transportation planning process. Transportation professionals will likely find the Mosaic Categories and Indicators and User Guide sections of the Mosaic website most useful, as this is where most information on how to use the tool is found.