Measuring the Effectiveness of Long-Range Transportation Planning to Influence Program Implementation

This study investigated measures to quantify the extent to which recommendations from a long-range transportation plan (LRTP) result in the implementation of projects in a statewide transportation program. Measures were (1) percentage of LRTP projects in the implementation program, (2) percentage of projects placed in the program before appearing in the LRTP, (3) percentage of projects started before the LRTP was superseded by an updated LRTP, and (4) percentage of LRTP projects appearing in a previous LRTP. A comparison of LRTPs prepared over a 25-year period in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Six Year Improvement Programs (SYIP) showed that: (1) 28% of projects appearing in the LRTP were implemented in the program; (2) 6% of projects appearing in both an LRTP and a SYIP appeared first in the SYIP; (3) 66% of implemented projects were initiated while the current LRTP was in effect; and (4) 61% of the LRTP projects were carried over from a previous LRTP. This analysis suggests that regional long-range transportation planning influences the projects selected for implementation, as only 6% of the implemented projects appeared in the program prior to the LRTP. Low percentages (28%) of LRTP projects are implemented, but high percentages (66%) of these projects are initiated while the LRTP is current. Accordingly, the LRTP is gradually changing from its intended long-range visioning function to serve as a shorter-term programming document, where a small proportion of projects are selected for immediate implementation. The utility of the metrics presented in this paper is that they represent a feasible approach for quantifying the implementation aspect of long-range transportation planning.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0775
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 5:22PM