A SURVEY OF RESEARCH ORGANIZATION IN STATE TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES

This report presents the research organization in ten selected states, and an overview of all states. Appended to this report is additional information organized alphabetically for the ten selected states, and a list of all states. Organizational charts, as available, are included in the state attachments. The survey was developed to detail research organization among selected states in the region, as well as a sample of states in the nation. In addition, to get an overview of research organization, all State Transportation Agencies were contacted. Texas, Colorado, and Arizona are the regional, neighboring, states surveyed. These states were selected because they are important for cooperation and competition in the southwest, and because they are leaders in national research competition. California, Florida, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and South Dakota were contacted for detailed surveys. These states were selected on the basis of their active participation in diverse, national transportation research programs. They also represent geographically distributed states having different populations, and with transportation agencies of different sizes and budgets. Briefly, an overview of the survey results reveals the following: Organizational titles vary in meaning among the states. The state information reports the organizational titles, but emphasizes the "management tier". This approach was used to evaluate the level of organizational responsibility, and policy access, of research among the surveyed state agencies. All three regional states with detailed surveys have organizations with research at a higher administrative level than currently in New Mexico. In these three states, the organizational tier of research is the same as recommended for the Research Division. The seven other states with detailed surveys vary in their research organization. California, Florida, Minnesota, and South Dakota have structures parallel to the proposed Research Division. Indiana, Massachusetts, and New York have structures parallel to the current Research Bureau. A total of 43 states responded to the survey. For all states contacted in the nation, there are 21 states with research at the fourth tier, 14 states with research at the third tier, 4 states with research at the fifth tier, and 4 states with research at the second tier of management. The survey indicates there is clear precedent among other state agencies for elevating the organizational responsibility of research in New Mexico.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New Mexico Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 1028
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131
  • Publication Date: 1994-2-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00672514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 9 1995 12:00AM