Assessing Changes to Federal and State Law for Megaregion Planning

Beyond Traffic 2045 suggested that transportation funding be organized around emerging megaregions, while at the same time noting the importance of existing and future challenges of planning across jurisdictional boundaries. According to Beyond Traffic “the mobility challenges of tomorrow cannot be best resolved by adding up silo solutions from individual communities, agencies, or transportation modes. This is because mobility problems occur locally but often originate beyond local jurisdictions crossing regional, state, or even national boundaries. The recognition of megaregions in “Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices” calls for a megaregional approach to tackle the mobility challenges of tomorrow. The CM2 proposal notes two activity areas under two topics (i) Developing recommendations for role, requirements and responsibilities for transportation planning agencies, and (ii) Developing recommendations for Changes to United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 23. Recent work undertaken for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA’s) Office of Policy in 2016 (Loftus-Otway, Harrison et.al. 2016) made recommendations for implementing megaregional planning at various jurisdictional levels. Beyond Traffic notes, changing trends for millennials and older American’s will necessitate new ways of addressing how infrastructure will be developed and delivered in the future. Currently over 51% of the U.S. population lives in 146 counties, which overlap the existing Megaregions almost exclusively. Therefore, changes at multiple levels, including the federal regulatory role that directs planning activities will need to be addressed as the U.S. population continues to urbanize, around the identified megaregions. This project will analyze United States Code (USC) and United States Code of Federal Regulations and provide recommendations for how federal law and policy could be amended to conduct megaregional planning.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $ 23749
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

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

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      Loftus-Otway, Lisa

    • Start Date: 20170531
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01650996
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 16 2017 3:26PM