Modern Project Prioritization for Transportation Investments

Project prioritization among transportation agencies has always been an evolving practice. At its core, it means setting goals and aligning decision-making processes to meet those goals. This study is aimed at making that process easier. For this study, the team reviewed project prioritization programs at 21 transportation agencies, including 14 state departments of transportation (DOTs) and 7 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), through a combination of interviews, online questionnaire, and publicly available written documentation. Some key lessons came from a case study of Virginia’s SMART SCALE program, which has resulted in lower average project costs and funding for a broad range of multimodal projects. The main findings can be summarized in terms of three important opportunities in project prioritization: (1) establishing flexible funding programs, (2) evaluating key outcomes, and (3) maximizing benefits per dollar spent.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 39p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01769521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CTEDD 019-19
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747134
  • Created Date: Apr 7 2021 10:21AM