The failure of the transportation process or program is traced to lack of management. The basic cause of this failure is human, not technical. In evaluating the transportation programming process, reference is made to a linear alignment (from planning to programming to right-of-way acquisition to construction) and to factors of time, funds, and manpower generally for individual projects and possibly grouped. The evaluation of success must seriously consider the role of transportation in meeting the needs and the desires of society, the role of each level and unit of government, the role of private enterprise in establishing and accomplishing reasonable objectives, the balance of resources among all functions of publicly funded programs, and the performance of individual agencies and units in their assigned roles with available resources. In the discussion which follows, the Federal Highway Administration's viewpoint is put forward: programming is necessary; and the Administration is committed to restoring it with a minimum requirement of federal presence in an evaluation process. The Urban Mass Transportation Administration has statutory objectives against which to measure progress, and certain national objectives of air quality and energy conservation. However, these are not operational objectives. Such objectives, it is suggested could be the improvement of the quality of service for the "transit independents"; improvement of mobility of the transit dependents; and the reduction of automobile usage because such usage serves as a surrogate for certain more basic goals such as improved environmental quality and energy conservation.

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    • Revell, Walter L
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    • Lamm, Lester P
    • Orski, C Kenneth
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