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NCHRP 08-36/Task 078 [Final]

Small Community Research and Peer Exchange
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $50,000
Research Agency: AECOM Consult, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Toni Horst
Effective Date: 3/31/2008
Completion Date: 3/31/2009
Comments: Completed

NCHRP, TCRP, FHWA, FTA and other federal agencies are involved in a number of studies relating to a variety of transportation projects. These projects generally include case study examples where new ideas have been successfully implemented. Unfortunately, transportation professionals in smaller Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), populations less than 200,000, often perform transportation as a portion of their daily assigned tasks, and as a result do not have the time or resources to devote to reviewing the body research results amassed, and are somewhat hesitant in devoting time and energy to review project reports that contain examples that are only valid in larger communities. 
The objective of this task is to review previously published case studies, from the past 5-10 years, that pertain particularly to communities with a population range between 50,000 and 200,000. Topics to be included in this synthesis would include: travel demand modeling and the application of geographic information systems. In addition, a survey of transportation professionals in smaller areas would be conducted to evaluate the level of knowledge and specific tools used to support these activities. A peer exchange will be hosted with invited participants representing a cross-section of small MPOs, state DOTs, and other interested agencies and organizations (e.g. NARC, AMPO, NADO, transit, etc.). The peer exchange will review material developed to date, discuss other potential topics for investigation and discuss proper mechanisms for sharing information with other small MPOs. 

The final report is available here.

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