MOBILITY PLANNING IN MID-SIZE TEXAS CITIES

An examination of regional mobility planning in five of the largest Texas cities was reported in Planning and Financing Urban Mobility in Texas (1983). The large cities were found to have applied regional mobility planning (RMP) with varying degrees of commitment and success. Nevertheless, the RMPs were considered to generate benefits through the process required to prepare them. The key concepts of RMPs were identified as: interagency cooperation at the highest administrative and technical levels; recognition of the interdependence of the highway, arterial and transit systems; involvement of the private sector; use of an agreed upon data base; use of a mutually agreed upon definition of adequate mobility and reasonable standards and criteria to assess the need for improvement of transportation facilities; determination of improvements based on need, not funding availability; assessment of the ability of current funding mechanisms to meet the need for mobility improvements; and calculation of the cost of not providing adequate mobility. This report examines the requirements and opportunities of regional mobility planning (defined here to include the various components of mobility planning as well as the overall effort) for mid-sized urban areas within Texas. Cities selected for study were the aeas of Amarillo, Beaumont and Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, and El Paso. This study also considers the more general topic of data needed to support regional mobility planning, and gives a brief commentary on key issues involved in developing RMPs that will be useful to the state as well as the local communities. Finally, some strategies are suggested for gaining greater effectiveness of efforts to improve mobility in the case study areas. (Author) mobility in the case study areas. (Author)

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    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp

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    Austin, TX  United States  78701
  • Publication Date: 1984-11

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00396708
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2004 2:07AM