WHAT SHOULD WE BE TRYING TO DO IN THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS?

This paper presents many of the issues and concerns surrounding the transportation planning process and products from a state perspective. The uniqueness of each urban area, including the small and medium-sized ones, dictates a process that is responsive to local needs and products that address the important issues. The regulations formulated at various governmental levels must work to the advantage of the local area; therefore, latitude must be an integral component implicit in this regulation. The long-range planning process cannot be ignored, but its de-emphasis may be required to effectively facilitate short-range programs. A survey of local public officials in Illinois has reaffirmed the need to simplify the administrative requirements of the planning process and increase its flexibility by allowing local transportation decision makers to define its direction. The enthusiasm for data and an ongoing data base is not valid in many instances. Suggestions are made as to the critical data elements needed to prepare most alternatives and analyses. The vitality of the transportation planning process rests with the effective union of local decision makers and transportation planners. Local determination and a responsible program that reflects local goals and priorities is the mandate of the transportation planning process. (Author)

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    • This paper appeared in TRB Special Report 187, Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, Proceedings of a Workshop sponsored by UMTA and FHWA, conducted by TRB, Sarasota, Florida, 3-6 December 1978. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Dees, Dan C
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  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 5-9
  • Monograph Title: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED COMMUNITIES. PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP
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  • Accession Number: 00311204
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  • Created Date: Jul 22 1981 12:00AM