DISCUSSION OF RESOURCE PAPER ON WORKSHOP 3B: SYSTEMS PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING METHODOLOGY-FREIGHT MOVEMENT

Critical elements identified in the resource paper are listed. The observation is made that the most cost-effective approach to transportation problems is to address them as problems and then synthesize the results, rather than to try to synthesize the system and then address the problems. When the problem solving approach is used, parallelism in methods and results is usually found, and the resultant plans developed are not only consistent, intermodal, and comprehensive but also realistic and practical. The crucial elements of an explicit problemsolving approach leading to a reasonable state-level transportation process are set forth. These relate to the establishment of goals for statewide transportation; the identification of basic problems in statewide transportation that are within the realm of the state's responsibility; the design analysis procedures and identification of data requirements for determining appropriate problem solutions that are consistent with goals; data collection; problem analysis in terms of alternative solutions; and solution synthesis and plan development. Such an approach would enable the planning of statewide transportation systems through increasing our knowledge of, and ability to deal with, the phenomenon of statewide transportation rather than through knowledge about a complex transportation planning technology.

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  • Accession Number: 00262434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM