Role of regional agencies in implementing pavement management systems and overcoming institutional obstacles

In 1981, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) - the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area - conducted a study that estimated that the region's 17,000 miles of pavement had a deferred maintenance price tag of $400 million. Recognizing a problem, MTC and six cities and counties from the San Francisco Bay Area proceeded to develop a Pavement Management System (PMS) that helps local governments make the best use of available funds, and answers the question, "If I don't have enough money to fix everything, what should I fix?" Since 1984, MTC has provided a comprehensive support structure with regular training workshops, user meetings, and one-on-one help with implementation of PMS at the local level. This paper describes new measures MTC have in place to ensure region-wide implementation of PMS in the San Francisco Bay Area. The new measures are aimed to overcome institutional obstacles, such as personnel turnover and lack of senior management support at local agencies. The paper also describes how results from MTC PMS were used to secure additional regional funds for pavement repair.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Managing Pavements, August 11-14, 2001, Seattle, Washington: Volumes 1 and 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01392607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0971174016
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 7:16AM