NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Implementing Scenario Planning Across Transportation Agencies

The transportation industry confronts a complex environment, exacerbated by challenges like the recent Covid-19 pandemic, demanding a delicate balance between long-term planning and immediate operational needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has actively supported agencies since 2004, producing tools and reports, including VisionEval and scenario planning guidebooks. Numerous NCHRP projects have also contributed to preparedness, focusing on scenario planning. TRB organized scenario planning conferences in 2016 and 2022, emphasizing the necessity for agility and preparation in the face of disruptions. Despite available resources, there is a slow adoption of scenario planning, attributed to a lack of expertise, capacity, and executive focus, hindering effective navigation of the evolving transportation landscape. An opportunity arises to enhance state departments of transportation by aligning greater adoption of scenario planning and agile decision-making, and a previous NCHRP effort, NCHRP 20-24(138), envisions connecting communities and meeting evolving transportation needs. To realize this vision, comprehensive and effective agile decision-making is crucial. Agency leaders and staff require more accessible resources and technical support to build capacity effectively. This project seeks to adopt a comprehensive strategy to enhance scenario planning and agile decision-making in transportation organizations, targeting senior leadership, management, and operators. The goal is to directly engage agencies, focusing on disruptions such as workforce issues, funding source resiliency, and technological change.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $360000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(57)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Start Date: 20240221
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01909145
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(57)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2024 7:45PM