Developing a Consistent Data Driven Methodology to Multimodal, Performance Based, and Context Sensitive Design

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) designers are tasked with understanding the context of a community and balancing modal needs with limited funding resources. Transportation decisions are currently made from input provided by communities. This is often in a reactive rather than proactive process, with qualitative data and quantitative data evaluated separately to assist in transportation decision making. Methods for evaluating modal characteristics have typically been applied to individual modes. A new methodology is needed that will analyze and aggregate qualitative and quantitative pertinent data to assist in making decisions on competing interests such as to what roadway features should be designed and/or what mode(s) of transportation should be implemented for a given highway corridor.