Snapshots of Planning Practices

Transportation planning agencies and officials from state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) face a rapidly evolving technical, policy, legislative, and procedural environment. Agency professionals often seek the guidance of peers and experts for help to effectively address these challenges. Examples of challenges transportation planners currently face include managing the proliferation of new “disruptive” transportation technologies and services within the confinements of existing streets and implementing complex transportation planning requirements in federal and state laws and regulations. More recently the COVID-19 pandemic created unforeseen changes in travel trends caused in part by the effects of widespread telecommuting and e-commerce. NCHRP Project 08-36, Task 120, “Snapshots of Planning Practices” produced a set of 12 Planning Snapshots, concise documents presenting examples of planning practice around a range of topics, created for easy recognition and practical use by the transportation planning community. The snapshots include guidance on innovative and effective practical methods to address current planning challenges driven by changes in technology, legislative policy, political and institutional forces, and behavioral and other trends. They were generated using survey research conducted to quickly gather information about various current planning practices and innovations and documented in a user-friendly format to make that information conveniently available to the transportation planning community. The objective of this research is to produce four new snapshots of planning practices. Snapshots provide brief instruction on the application of practices of proven value addressing issues of common concern to the state DOT planning community. Snapshots should use compelling data, case examples, survey data and/or other information to demonstrate their value and draw planners to use the guidance within them.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-128

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    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
  • Project Managers:

    Weeks, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20221129
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01759534
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-128
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 1 2020 2:35PM