STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: THE NORTH CAROLINA EXPERIENCE

North Carolina's experience in statewide transportation planning represents a new attempt to deal with comprehensive multimodal transportation planning at the statewide level through the use of sketch-planning techniques. The characteristics and relationships of the social, economic, political, and environmental systems that affect the state are described and analyzed. Four projected futures for the state are identified with corresponding development patterns. All feasible modes of transportation are considered, and transportation requirements are defined for each projection. The elements common to all or most of these requirements are screened and formulated into low-risk, short-range (5-year) action programs, grouped into four major classes: capital improvement, operating, regulatory, and promotional programs. Similar classes are used to identify mid-range (10 to 15-year) conceptual programs. These, however, provide policy direction rather than deal with specific projects and are addressed to each of the different projections separately. This paper presents an overview of this process and preliminary comments on its usefulness to statewide transportation decision making. The effort indicates that sketch planning can be effective and economical as a planning approach. As a decision-making tool, it seems that more time and better reconciliation of conflicts in the public and private sectors are needed before it is fully useful.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 42-48
  • Monograph Title: Management of transportation and environmental review functions
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155991
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025737
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM