Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Collective and Individual Actions for State Departments of Transportation Envisioning and Realizing the Next Era of America’s Transportation Infrastructure – Phase I

The objectives of this project are to explore and articulate what state DOTs can do collectively and individually to establish and realize a transformative vision of the next era of America’s transportation infrastructure, a vision and infrastructure to support the nation’s continued prosperity and wellbeing, by:  (1) Describing through scenarios or other means the social, technological, and economic trends and evolution of community values, problems, and priorities now and in coming years that are likely to influence the role of transportation in local, regional, and national prosperity and wellbeing; (2) Articulating a set of evocative state DOT ambitions and goals that, if pursued, would respond to evolutionary trends and shape an agency’s culture and mission to maintain and enhance transportation’s contribution to prosperity and wellbeing; (3) Presenting a visionary narrative and supporting insights, projections, and aspirational ideas to inform state DOT leadership; and (4) Providing resources and tools that state DOT leaders can use to tailor their own efforts to shape their agency’s culture and mission and craft meaningful and motivating targets, achievements, objectives, and narratives or vision statements to communicate with stakeholders. The primary audience for products of this work is the executive leadership of state DOTs, but leadership of other public agencies, users and other stakeholders in the systems for which state DOTs are responsible, and the general public are likely to have an interest as well. The time horizon of vision statements or narratives must be suited to the rates of change of the factors under consideration and is likely to extend decades, but the research products will ideally include suggestions of specific ambitions, targets, or objectives that may be adapted to guide development, jointly or individually, of state DOT mission and culture within 10 years. The Phase I activities addressed by this request should produce at least (1) a comprehensive analysis of available research on emerging social, technological, and economic trends and evolution of community values and priorities influencing transportation’s contribution to prosperity and wellbeing and of state DOTs as mediators of that role, (2) one or more workshops or peer exchanges of thought leaders and state DOT leaders to discuss the project’s objectives and anticipated products, (3) a well-developed concept of the final products of this project if subsequent phases are undertaken, and (4) a preliminary plan for achieving the overall project objectives.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $472894
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(138)

  • 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:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Steudle, Kirk

  • Start Date: 20211012
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221230
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01769375
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(138)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2021 4:53PM