The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word transportation as “the act or process of moving people or things from one place to another”. Movement of people and goods is important for many reasons. From 3500 BC when fixed wheels were first placed on carts to today, the movement of goods has been a key indicator of economic vitality. In early America, as people heard stories of jobs and vast open territories and free lands in the yet unsettled territories, people found ways to traverse huge distances to acquire the dream of becoming land owners and the possibility of a better life. These migrations created paths, trails, and set up routes for trade and market development.
In pre-industrial times, movement was accomplished primarily by foot, horse or boat. Distances were small and trips were few in number. Today, that is not the case. People rarely live, work, shop and recreate in the same place. It is the development of transportation systems and modes that have allowed for the diversity and interaction of peoples and markets.

The transportation infrastructure within the East Alabama region consists of roads, rail, airports, waterways, and means of non-motorized transport. All of these systems should work together to create a structure which enables the movement of goods and people without delay or flaw in delivery.


Transportation Planning Documents for the East Alabama Region