Strategic Plan and Research Roadmap for the AASHTO Committee on Planning

In 2017, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Planning (the Committee) developed a strategic plan and a 2-year action plan (found here:, which identified specific tasks the Committee and its subcommittees would undertake to support the strategic plan. Since that time, the leadership of the Committee has changed and transportation planning at the state, regional, and local levels has evolved into a more inclusive and equitable multidisciplinary and multimodal process geared toward outcomes and system users, and using new methods, tools, and data.   In addition, transportation planners are simultaneously confronting inequities in transportation history and major changes, or “megatrends” that are poised to impact transportation planning in the future. The European Foresight Platform defines megatrends as the “great forces in societal development that will likely affect the future in all areas over the next 10-15 years.” In light of the changes experienced by the Committee, reflections on transportation planning history, and changes that may be experienced on the horizon, it is important that members of AASHTO, transportation planning practitioners, and planning stakeholders be convened for a strategic planning session where specific actions and strategies can be identified and prioritized. This also means a new research roadmap with gaps and priorities should be developed.   The objectives of this research are to  develop (1) a strategic plan and (2) a research roadmap for the AASHTO Committee on Planning.   The Committee will use the results of this research to focus efforts to (1) engage on emerging issues and activities, including but not limited to policies, processes, research, or regulations in transportation planning; and (2) foster, support, monitor, disseminate, and implement research on transportation planning. The strategic plan will guide the Committee’s activities with specific and implementable actions and enhance coordination with other AASHTO’s committees and partners (TRB, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Conference on Minority Transportation Officials, National Association of City Transportation Officials, etc.). The research roadmap will identify research gaps and prioritize research needs, and communication strategies and mechanisms to highlight research gaps identified and to enhance the dissemination of completed research. This project will guide future Committee activities and research in a coordinated fashion for the Committee to support state departments of transportation (DOTs).  


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Start Date: 20220207
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01835634
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 20-123(13)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2022 10:19AM