The Role of Planning in a 21st Century State Department of Transportation—Supporting Strategic Decisionmaking

This report examines how the planning function in state departments of transportation (DOTs) can more effectively support strategic decisionmaking in the increasingly complex environments that state DOTs operate within. The report addresses the continuing and emerging challenges facing transportation including (1) policy drivers such as constrained resources, energy supply and cost volatility, demographic trends, technology, state of the economy, sustainability, and climate change; (2) state DOT internal organizational, structural, and cultural challenges; (3) state and federal statutory and regulatory frameworks; and (4) ways in which transportation agency roles and governance responsibilities are evolving, shifting, or changing. A self-assessment tool provides a thoughtful and methodical approach to identifying opportunities for increasing the value of planning as well as the skill sets and expertise that planning professionals need to realize that potential. The report should be of immediate use to DOT executives, senior planning managers, and educators.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 119p
  • Serial:
    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 798
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309308366
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 08-36/Task 113
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2015 2:47PM