The National Academies

NCHRP 08-36/Task 040 [Completed]

National Site Visits on Transportation and Growth
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 175000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Christopher Porter
Effective Date: 12/9/2003
Completion Date: 6/30/2005
Comments: Completed---Final report sent to AASHTO

The principles of Smart Growth are increasingly being used by transportation agencies to develop new tools and techniques to fashion transportation investment strategies that address mobility and safety needs within a broader context that incorporates and complements quality of life, congestion mitigation, air quality and other environmental concerns. While a nation-wide library of policies, plans and practices is ever expanding, written reports alone cannot always convey the details and nuances that are necessary to effective transferability and replication. This library of information regarding specific examples of transportation-smart growth initiatives has expanded with AASHTO's recent competition, "Smart Moves: Transportation Strategies for Smart Growth." Twenty-two states submitted a total of 32 projects for consideration by a jury of peers representing state, metropolitan and local transportation agencies, state planning offices, transit operators and the environmental community. While the information submitted could add considerably to the current body of knowledge, actual sites visits and direct information exchange could further assist in expanding the current state of the practice, especially in those states without a statewide growth management statutory framework.

The objective of this task is to conduct several visits of successful real world sustainable development projects. The purpose is to provide technology transfer opportunities between policy officials, technical staff, land use developers, and finance professionals. With several transportation-supported smart growth projects reaching fruition, host sponsors in these areas will share their success stories with representatives from other areas embarking on or contemplating similar initiatives. Video, digital and written logs coupled with the use of a professional scribe will provide the basis for unique technology transfer to interested policy officials and professionals beyond those participating in the site visits. Information sharing and technology transfer will focus particularly on project drivers, before-and-after conditions, performance measures, partnerships and community-building.

The contractor's final report was sent to AASHTO and is posted at

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