A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE HIGHWAY PROGRAM

In 1972 the California highway program faced a number of problems including rising construction costs, declining revenue growth, and the resulting unmanageable $17 billion project backlog. McKinsey and Company joined the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in a 2-year study to pinpoint the causes of existing problems, establish pilot studies in selected districts to test new approaches and tools, and implement the effort throughout the state. The results of the study have been far-reaching and have affected all aspects of the highway decision- making process. Caltrans has shifted from a project-by-project design approach that in effect assumed unlimited funding to a new approach that focuses on achieving maximum systemwide benefits with the funds that are likely to be available. A new planning methodology, new analytical tools, and new controls have been implemented. Caltrans has used this new approach to develop a 20-year slate of highway projects. This slate will cost only a third of the cost of the 1972 project backlog and will result in greater safety and mobility benefits and lower operating costs than would have resulted from the same level of expenditure under previous plans. Moreover, it can be financed with projected funds and completed within 20 years.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-16
  • Monograph Title: Transportation programming and management
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024994
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1976 12:00AM