INSTITUTIONAL DIMENSION OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MANAGEMENT: A BOTTOMS-UP APPROACH

A number of arguments are made in this paper: 1. The TSM plans developed by MPOs have disappointed federal reviewers and rule makers. 2. The federal view of TSM is at variance with the planning practices and devision processes of metropolitan areas. 3. Successful TSM planning does not require an elaborate areawide process based on textbook-style systems planning. 4. The key to successful TSM planning is the people involved: their expertise, their access to the political process, and their sensitivity to community values and needs. 5. MPOs can foster TSM by subvention of planning funds and procurement of project design from action agencies. 6. TSM cannot deliver consequential energy savings or pollutant reductions; therefore, the planning process for TSM should not be structured around these objectives. 7. TSM should be coordinated with long-range planning, but this can be accomplished by adjusting long-range investment plans in light of local-level TSM accomplishments. 8. The number of regions and corridors that face trade-offs between rail transit and exclusive bus lanes is limited. The TSM process should not be structured around these exceptional cases but rather around the routine requirements of traffic management, parking management, and traffic mitigation. 9. Given the TSM measures most likely to be effective and command community support, the institutional objectives of TSM should be to (a) upgrade the traffic-operations expertise of transit agencies and state highway departments, (b) engage major employers in traffic mitigation (ride sharing, parking management, and work-hour rescheduling), (c) allow local communities to develop plans to protect neighborhoods and pedestrian areas from traffic intrusion, and (d) cultivate a concern with traffic mitigation in local land use planning and the environmental impact report process. 10. These objectives can be most effectively accomplished if MPOs procure planning from action agencies, rather than develop TSM plans at the systems level. (Author)

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  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Pagination: pp 25-27
  • Monograph Title: Transportation system management in 1980: state of the art and future directions
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