PLANNING STATEWIDE ROUTES TO SERVE URBAN AREAS

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) encourages decision making by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), that is, transportation planning should be a statewide and regional effort, not just a plan for connecting urban centers. ISTEA designates 21 high priority travel corridors in the United States, more than half are over 804.5 km (500 mi) long. The high priority corridors are viewed in different ways by the different cities and regions they affect. The gains of one area may be the losses to another. Therefore, financial feasibility analysis is critical to the decision making process for MPOs. This paper addresses selecting highway corridors for feasibility tests while considering the viewpoints of urban areas located in high priority corridors. Two corridors receiving attention--18 and 20--form the transportation corridor from Mexico to Canada and serve eight urban areas named in the ISTEA legislation. Studies of the economic feasibility of new interstate routes in these corridors are currently underway. This paper appears in a compendium of conference papers.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 9p

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  • Accession Number: 00713802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 26 1995 12:00AM