Transportation, Economic, and Land Use System (TELUS)

Faced with numerous projects and limited funds, metropolitan planning organizations and State departments of transportation need to prioritize projects and streamline the transportation planning process. Each metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and State department of transportation (DOT) must decide which projects to include in their respective Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). These decisions are based on a variety of factors, including future travel demand, project life cycle costs, land use changes, economic growth, and environmental impacts. MPOs and State DOTs also must be able track these projects as they pass through various stages toward actual construction, with such stages including facility planning, engineering, and design; right-of-way acquisition; advertising; bid review; construction scheduling; and related phases of work. These stages typically occur over several years, and projects frequently are being modified as they pass through the stages. In addition, MPOs and State DOTs are required under Federal transportation planning regulations to ensure increased participation by local officials and citizens in the transportation planning and decision-making processes. All of these duties and functions require MPOs and State DOTs to use increasingly sophisticated data management, decision support, and information dissemination techniques. To do this, transportation officials need an information management system that is easy to use, can store and manipulate large amounts of data, and can present these data to decision-makers and the public in a coherent and timely manner.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 2p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153210
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HRT-06-049, HRTC-01/01-06(1M)E
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2010 9:50AM