Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 113. The Future of Transportation Planning in State DOTs

Transportation agencies are responding to a wide variety of global and domestic events and trends--economic, environmental, political, safety, social, and technological--that impose new challenges and present new opportunities. The rate at which various issues and events are complicating the preservation, operation, and improvement of transportation system elements is accelerating. State departments of transportation (DOTs) increasingly find themselves competing with other societal priorities for limited financial resources. In response to shrinking operating budgets, many DOTs are downsizing as well as developing and implementing new service delivery systems that involve the private sector in unfamiliar ways. Transportation planning has historically played an influential role in transportation decisions, but planning's role, and the practices and tools used by transportation planning professionals, must continue to evolve to provide maximum value to transportation agencies that are making decisions on infrastructure and service investments under demanding economic, social, and environmental conditions. Transportation planning performed by professionals with the necessary knowledge and expertise can play a key role in helping agencies making transformative changes by supporting and enabling them to successfully address the complex issues facing DOTs. Research is needed to ensure that planning provides the decision support that agencies need to preserve, maintain, operate, and improve transportation infrastructure and services. The objective of this research is to explore and provide guidance on how planning by state DOTs can best influence future decisions to positively impact transportation services, operations, and projects. The audience for this research includes, at a minimum, state DOT executives, the American Association of State Transportation & Highway officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Planning, transportation planning managers, educators, and certifying organizations. The research should address but not be limited to the following topics.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Start Date: 20111130
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29000

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463294
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:21PM