Transportation planning projects are often the subject of controversy. This can be avoided or reduced by improving the planning process. The public has become sensitive to how a project is planned in addition to what is proposed. One of the components of the planning process is plan staging. It is recommended that the process be improved through use of an approach called a time-staged strategy. A strategy is a series of actions designed to achieve certain system states in a given time sequence. The choice of actions conforms to an overall strategy that, in turn, is an interpretation of planning goals and objectives and their relative priorities (determined by community participation programs). A series of alternative single-purpose strategies is initially designated and converted in representative physical plans. This involves an evaluation of how well the elements of the recommended long-range plan comply with a given strategy. These single-purpose strategy plans are merged into a composite plan to identify those elements serving multiple strategies. These results are further evaluated by considering the ranking of the alternative strategies in order to determine what plan elements are most important in a staging sequence. The composite strategy plan and the top four strategies represent an overall strategy. With this as a guide, a series of activities can be devised that will improve the system achieving the goals and objectives valued most highly and that will achieve certain system states at given times. Coordination of actions must be flexible to respond to technical uncertainties. By using a time-staged concept, overall control of action can be achieved.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 24-39
  • Monograph Title: Interactive graphics and transportation systems planning
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  • Accession Number: 00260928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022797
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM