Transport Infrastructure: Investment and Planning. Policy and Research Aspects

Although substantial resources are devoted to infrastructure investment planning, considerable distance remains between planning outcomes and policy decisions/implementation. This paper explores some of the political and research aspects of transportation infrastructure investment and planning from the perspective of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. The limited availability of data is one potential reason for the weaker than expected role of planning in infrastructure policy. Despite enormous efforts to improve planning methods and institutions, there also is no obvious convergence to a "best practice." This contributes considerably to the difficulties of international coordination of infrastructure policies, despite the growing demand for such coordination. Finally, research should feed back the results of ex post evaluations of infrastructure investment projects and programs into the planning process. Planning processes and decision making themselves are appropriate subjects for research, especially given the increasing complexity of these processes.


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  • Accession Number: 01004466
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2005 10:24PM