RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND THE SYSTEM PLANNING PROCESS

THIS PAPER ADDRESSES THE QUESTION OF HOW A STATE HIGHWAY OR TRANSPORTATION AGENCY DIVIDES OR ALLOCATES RESOURCES AMONG A NUMBER OF REGIONAL DISTRICTS. THE DISCUSSION CONCERNS ITSELF WITH HOW VARIOUS ALLOCATION METHODS AFFECT THE SIZE AND LOCATION OF PROPOSED PROJECTS AND HOW ALLOCATION AFFECTS THE DISPOSITION OF REGIONAL AGENCY PERSONNEL TO INTERACT WITH COMMUNITIES AND RESPOND TO THEIR NEEDS. BEGINNING WITH A RANGE OF IDEALIZED ALLOCATION METHODS INTENDED TO EXPOSE ISSUES IN ALLOCATION, THE PAPER SHOWS HOW SUCH SIMPLE SCHEMES ILLUMINATE THE DESCRIPTION OF AN ACTUAL STATE ALLOCATION METHOD-THAT USED IN CALIFORNIA FOR ALLOCATION OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE HIGHWAY FUND. THE PAPER THEN DEVELOPS SOME REQUIREMENTS ON ALLOCATION METHODS DERIVE FROM THE NEED TO MAKE PLANNING MORE RESPONSIVE TO A RANGE OF COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS. FINALLY THE PAPER ANALYZES THE INCENTIVES THAT OPERATE ON PLANNERS WHEN ALLOCATION IS BASED ON PROGRAMS PROPOSED BY THE REGIONS TO THE STATE FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND WHEN IT IS BASED ON NON-PROGRAM FACTORS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 38-51
  • Monograph Title: Transportation systems planning and resource allocation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022517
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 15 1974 12:00AM