The research results contained in this report are derived from an assessment of federal, state, and local decision-making processes for major urban mass transportation investments by evaluating recent alternative analysis experiences. The assessment has identified potential improvements in policy, procedures, and use of technical information, and has produced recommendations on planning procedures for use by federal, state, and local agencies. This report provides guidance analysis of transit/highway alternatives for urban areas. State and local officials who must make transit investment decisions will find practical information on appropriate organizational structures for conducting major transit studies including guidance on coordination with officials at all levels of government, and guidance on communicating issues to staff and other parties involved at the various stages of the Alternative Analysis process as called for by UMTA. Federal officials will find recommendations on simplification or integration of federal regulations, changes in UMTA's review and approval procedures, and other actions such as training or technical assistance that could improve practice. Professionals in agencies responsible for conducting major transit studies will find planning guidelines, approaches to involving decision-makers at each stage of the process, and lessons from other areas on how to assure successful completion of each phase. State and federal professionals who review Alternatives Analyses will find an assessment of various approaches used in urban areas with differing institutional arrangements, and the identification of guidance needs of those who are undertaking Alternative Analyses. Researchers who develop methodology will find useful information on experience in various technical aspects of major transit studies and the identification of the more important needs for further research.

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  • Authors:
    • Stowers, J R
    • Reno, A T
    • Boyar, V W
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47 p.
  • Serial:
    • NCTRP Report
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0732-4839

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  • Accession Number: 00386408
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM