The need is expressed for a review of the fundamental assumptions on which all our programming techniques have been based. The essential ingredient in program development is flexibility. The shifting of the federal government involvement toward less federal control and more options at the state and local level is desirable. To be acceptable, programs must have flexibility and contain acceptable options. There is a need for programs that can be broken down into incremental segments of demonstrable value. Scheduling in program development is crucial; the ability to forecast project phase completions and cost changes, is the hallmark of a successful program. The development of a multimodal statewide transportation program that relates relative priorities and needs among the different modes would be ideal, but it is practical only if flexibility exists. In the discussions which follow the paper, Massachusetts' new approach to program development is described, and the Federal Aviation Administrations legislative proposal for the airport grant-in-aid program is reviewed. The basis of the Massachusetts program development process is the establishment of project priorities which are based on a variety of factors: project need, environmental problems, community support, regional planning agency and transportation policy advisory group recommendations, and funding and scheduling constraints. The airport grant-in-aid program increases state and local decision flexibility, reduces federal control, provides long-term predictable funding, and focuses federal development on more effective use of resources at the federal level. The program is divided into 3 categories: $250 million for air carrier development; $50 million reserved for critical needs at air carier airports and development of general aviation airports; and $50 million aviation airports.

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    • Harbison, J Robert
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    • Humphrey, Thomas F
    • Messler, Thomas P
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  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM