Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 78. Small Community Research and Peer Exchange

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and other federal agencies are involved in a number of studies relating to a variety of transportation projects. These projects generally include case study examples where new ideas have been successfully implemented. Unfortunately, transportation professionals in smaller Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), populations less than 200,000, often perform transportation as a portion of their daily assigned tasks, and as a result do not have the time or resources to devote to reviewing the body research results amassed, and are somewhat hesitant in devoting time and energy to review project reports that contain examples that are only valid in larger communities. The objective of this task is to review previously published case studies, from the past 5-10 years, that pertain particularly to communities with a population range between 50,000 and 200,000. Topics to be included in this synthesis would include: travel demand modeling and the application of geographic information systems. In addition, a survey of transportation professionals in smaller areas would be conducted to evaluate the level of knowledge and specific tools used to support these activities. A peer exchange will be hosted with invited participants representing a cross-section of small MPOs, state departments of transportation (DOTs), and other interested agencies and organizations (e.g. NARC, AMPO, NADO, transit, etc.). The peer exchange will review material developed to date, discuss other potential topics for investigation and discuss proper mechanisms for sharing information with other small MPOs. 


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  • Status: Completed
  • 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 & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    AECOM Consulting Transportation Group

    2751 Prosperity Avenue
    Suite 300
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Horst, Toni

  • Start Date: 20080331
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557227
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM