Recent legislation in Washington State has mandated the use of least-cost planning methods in developing regional transportation plans. Least-cost planning, however, was not defined in the legislation. Consequently, the purpose of this paper is to define and fill this information gap. The objectives of this paper--which appears in a compendium of conference papers--is to: describe alternative ways to conceive of least-cost planning, portray the current planning process, indicate points at which current practices incorporate elements of least-cost planning, identify the gaps between the current practices and least-cost planning, describe what needs to be done to allow planning organizations to engage in least-cost planning, and present an approach that the state can use in assisting planning organizations in implementing the legislation. Extensive interviews were conducted with planners and officials conversant in least-cost planning.


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  • Pagination: 12p

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  • Accession Number: 00713801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Nov 26 1995 12:00AM