THE TRANSIT OPERATOR'S ROLE IN FEDERALLY FUNDED PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING

A plan for the allocation of resources by planning work area is presented which may be utilized by transit system operations and metropolitan planning orrganizations (MPO) to allocate responsibility and necessary funds to carry out planning and programming functions. Comments are made on the division of areas of planning responsibility, and the lack of guidance from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration is noted. The identification of the lead agency and manpower splits are seen to be the major problems. The long-range transportation plan;system plan covers six areas identification of the long-range transportation needs of the urbanized area (MPO, 80-90 percent; operating agencies 10-20 percent); analysis of existing conditions (MPO, 80-90 percent; operating agencies 10-20 percent); projection of urban area economic, demongraphic and land use activities (MPO, 90-95 percent; operating agencies 5-10 percent); analysis of alternative transportation investments (MPO 40-50 percent; operating agencies 50-60 percent); monitoring and reporting urban development and transportation indicators (MPO, 60-80 percent; operating agencies, 20-40 percent), and identification of new transportation policies or facilities (MPO, 30-50 percent; operating agencies, 50-70 percent). Details are also outlined of long-range plan;plan refinement, short-range plan;transportation system management element, the transportation improvement program and implementation. Although the exact nature of the divisions will vary from one urbanized area to another, formalizing the allocation along the lines suggested here will make more explicit the relationship of transit operators and MPOs through the nation.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 3-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1982 12:00AM