Moving Toward Performance-Based Planning


The new century ushered in a drive to preserve and effectively operate the transportation system, assure that expenditures achieved solid results, and find adequate resources to meet growing needs. Demand for transportation funds were increasing faster that resources could be provided. The twenty-two month battle over the passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was emblematic of the need for additional resources and the limitation of new funding.

The use of performance measures to guide decision making received a new impetus from federal legislation and the reality of constrained resources. Performance-based transportation planning and decision making was gained advocates for effectively guiding transportation investment and operational decisions. There was also new interest in assuring that the existing system was adequately maintained and refurbished. Asset management was used to allocate not only money to...


Scenario Planning Road Price Transportation Project Revenue Forecast Highway Safety 
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