The federal expectation for statewide transportation planning includes those activities needed to support a state's program of capital projects and operating assistance. To meet this expectation, good planning practice calls for three levels of planning activities to develop this product: (a) policy, (b) systems, and (c) program planning. I view policy planning as the basis for statewide multimodal decisions. This has to be a primary function of statewide planning--resulting in a clear policy statement--along with setting goals and objectives for the agency's mission. Arizona, for example, has an annual retreat where the mission of the state transportation agency is examined, redefined, and translated into goals and objectives. Wisconsin is developing a multimodal policy plan addressing critical issues. The next stage involves developing more focused policy for actions or decision making based on the policies. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has developed a Framework for Action to guide it in making project selection decisions for all modes. In systems planning, the focus must become mode specific and begin to address modal trade-offs at the system level especially in the urban area. There are four areas of emphasis: 1. Modal shift opportunities such as rural high-density passenger corridors and expanded trailer on flat car, 2. Interface between modes so that parts of the system are properly linked and integrated, 3. New service for transportation-deficient population segments (e.g., rural public transit and ridesharing), and 4. Preservation of existing services through operating subsidies, regional rail reorganization (3R) activities, and transportation system management (TSM) measures at the state level. Systems planning efforts to date have included studies of intercity bus systems in Michigan and Oregon; efforts in Maryland to update its aviation and rail plans and to develop a state port system plan; and modal plans in Iowa that cover airport, rail, public transportation, water, and highway modes. Programming is the activity leading to the state's 105-program of projects in the highway area and its multimodal equivalent for other modes with related information in support of a capital investment program, operations, maintenance, and administration. (Author)

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  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM