The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) heralded a number of dramatic changes to federal transportation policy. Many in the transportation industry viewed these changes with considerable enthusiasm. Following their initial jubilation, however, many states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and localities have had difficulty applying traditional transportation planning and decision-making practices to the intermodal planning principles promoted by ISTEA. This report documents and presents the results of a study of institutional barriers to intermodal transportation policies and planning. Stakeholder interviews, a literature review and a national survey of 421 transit agencies, MPOs, and state DOTs were utilized to identify 13 organizational, interjurisdictional, and resource barriers to intermodal planning. Findings of the study suggest that building community support, adequate funding, education, and leadership commitment are the primary driving forces that can improve intermodal planning practices. Structure, procedure, and leadership provide the decision-making context for intermodal planning, that is, they enable (or restrict) the regional or local decision-making process. Ten context-shaping recommendations are offered. Action planning sessions held in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; and Queens, New York indicated that a number of attributes can enhance the local intermodal planning process.


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Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 196 p.
  • Serial:
    • TCRP Report
    • Issue Number: 14
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1073-4872
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309057191
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project H-4C FY'93
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1996 12:00AM