Reinventing the Interstate: A 'New Paradigm' for Multimodal Transportation Facilities

Transportation agencies throughout the United States are faced with a myriad of transportation problems. People are stuck in traffic consuming oil, polluting the air, and wasting time. These problems exist because the transportation infrastructure in the United States is inadequate. The auto-dominant transportation system becomes inefficient and ineffective during peak hours and emergencies when it is needed most. Many public transportation services are too slow to attract automobile users. Public transportation should be a truly competitive travel alternative.  With the Interstate Highway System reaching and exceeding its design life, investments are needed to restore and expand these critical facilities to maintain their operating and structural integrity. This presents an opportunity to increase people-movement capacity.  With the limited availability of rights-of-way in congested urban corridors, it is appropriate to coordinate highway rehabilitation and reconstruction with high-capacity public transportation investments. Research is needed to evaluate the potential for redesigning and rebuilding highways as high-capacity, multimodal facilities to improve mobility in urbanized areas throughout the United States. The facilities would provide faster, safer, cleaner, and more efficient travel alternatives. The objectives of this research are to (1) evaluate the potential for rehabilitating and reconstructing portions of interstate highways and other similar facilities in the urbanized areas in the United States, as "new paradigm" multimodal transportation facilities, and (2) develop strategies to plan and implement these facilities. 


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-36

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dowling Associates, Incorporated

    180 Grand Avenue, Suite 995
    Oakland, CA  United States  94612-
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ferrell, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20071026
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101001
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16418

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462680
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-36
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:08PM