This paper contains a list of and discussion of the objectives and issues introduced at the Workshop on System Planning. The objectives were defined as: identification of the transportation and land-use problems faced by small and medium-sized communities that have growth potential; evaluation of the level of analysis that is necessary to address these problems; identification of procedures and techniques appropriate for system planning in small and medium-sized communities; evaluation of those procedures and techniques in terms of technical validity, response time, and cost-effectiveness; and development of recommendations relative to system planning. The issues are: should the transportation planning process be continued?; is it necessary to apply the traditional four-step procedure (i.e., trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment) or can a conceptual system planning approach be used?; how much effort should be devoted to long-range planning and to short-range planning?; and is it necessary to evaluate a variety of alternative land-use and transportation plans? The workshop participants concluded that the transportation planning process must be continued; however, it must effectively support the concerns of local decision makers, address the problems of the individual local community, and be responsive by providing the necessary information in a timely fashion. It was also concluded that traditional modeling procedures need not be used for system planning in small and medium-sized communities. It was noted that the time frame for appropriate and effective planning will vary from area to area; therefore, the amount of effort devoted to long-range planning versus that devoted to the short-range should be a function of the growth potential of the area and the nature of the problems to be analyzed. Finally, it was determined that there is no need to invest research money in developing new procedures or techniques; because the procedures and techniques are available. What is needed is a planner who has the ability to apply the techniques creatively.

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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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    • Bates Jr, Edward G
    • Schoener, George E
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  • Publication Date: 1980

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