PLANNING AND RESEARCH IMPLICATIONS OF THE WASHINGTON TRANSPORTATION STUDY

THERE WERE TWO SIGNIFICANT POLICY DETERMINATIONS IN ESTABLISHING THE STUDY PROGRAM: (1) IT WAS AGREED THAT A GENERAL REGIONAL PLAN SHOULD BE DEVELOPED AS A BASIS FOR DETERMINING THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, AND (2) IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UTIMATELY RECOMMENDED WOULD RESULT FROM THE OBJECTIVE STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF BOTH THE AUTOMOBILE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO SECURE A BALANCED SOLUTION INTEGRATING THE BEST USE OF EACH TO THE OTHER. THE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL, HAVING MEMBER AND STAFF REPRESENTATION FROM EACH OF THE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS, UNDERTOOK THE PREPARATION OF THE REGIONAL PLAN. EXISTING LAND USE WAS MAPPED. ECONOMISTS AND DEMOGRAPHERS STUDIED THE GROWTH POSSIBILITIES FOR THE AREA, PERMITTING THE PLANNERS TO PROJECT POPULATION TO 1965 AND 1980. FOLLOWING A SERIES OF AREA-WIDE STAFF CONFERENCES TO DETERMINE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF REGIONAL GROWTH FACTORS, THE NEXT STEP WAS TO ACCOMMODATE THIS NEW GROWTH BY LOCATING IT AS RESIDENT POPULATION WITHIN THE 2,3000 SQ MI. THE PROJECTED GROWTH IN FEDERAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY WAS PLOTTED INDICATING EXPANSION OF EXISTING CENTERS AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CENTERS. IN COMPOSITE, THIS DATA REPRESENTS THE LAND USE PLAN FOR 1980, USING AS ITS CIRCULATION SYSTEM THE PIECED-TOGETHER HIGHWAY PLANS EXISTING AT THE TIME. THE FINAL CIRCULATION SYSTEM WILL BE DEVELOPED, AFTER THE TRAFFIC IS PROJECTED FROM THIS PLANNING BASE AND ASSIGNED TO VARYING TRANSPORTATION SCHEMES. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00241094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1994 12:00AM