The National Academies

NCHRP 08-58 [Final]

Development of a Multimodal Statewide Corridor Planning Guidebook

  Project Data
Research Agency: Wilbur Smith Associates
Principal Investigator: John Carr
Effective Date: 2/7/2006
Completion Date: 12/29/2008

Recent federal law (i.e., ISTEA, TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU) requires states to develop long-range, statewide multimodal plans and priority programs. Some states have met this requirement by developing statewide policy plans while other states have developed statewide plans that result in lists of transportation projects. Without extensive detailed planning, neither policy plans nor project-specific plans contain a sufficient basis for decision making and prioritization.

Statewide corridor planning (SWCP) can provide a geographic framework that allows states to better understand the implications of transportation decisions on mobility, communities, economic development, and environmental stewardship and to facilitate wise programming of funds consistent with identified needs and priorities. SWCP can be an effective method to understand the relationship between modes, evaluate performance, and generate innovative solutions to transportation problems. SWCP can serve as the link between broad policies and strategies that serve as the foundation of many statewide transportation plans and the evaluation of needs and performance expectations that can guide development of priority programs. SWCP can also serve as the mechanism for prioritizing implementation of project-specific plans.

The objective of this research was to develop a guidebook for multimodal statewide corridor planning (SWCP). The guidebook describes processes, methods, and techniques for defining, analyzing, and prioritizing among and within statewide corridors to aid in preparing an effective statewide transportation plan. It provides guidance for transportation decision makers, managers, and planning practitioners involved in the preparation of statewide transportation plans and priority programs on how to develop detailed statewide corridor plans that can effectively link long-range transportation plans to shorter-term state transportation improvement programs (STIPs). 

The final guidebook has been published as NCHRP Report 661.

The contractor's final research report contains information assembled in the preparation of the guidebook.

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