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Model Long-Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning


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Report cover: August 2014. Four photos. 3 lanes of traffic, a rail car, a bus, and 2 pedestrians walking past a parked bike. Backtround image of a multi-lane highway.

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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Model Long Range Transportation Plans:

5. Report Date

August 2014

A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors

Michael Grant (ICF), Alanna McKeeman (ICF), Beverly Bowen (ICF), Alexander Bond (ICF), Jocelyn Bauer (Leidos), Linda LaSut (Leidos), Brent Barnes (ICF), Janet D'Ignazio (ICF)

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

ICF International

9300 Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22031


11251 Rodger Bacon Drive

Reston, VA 20190

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

United States Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

1200 New Jersey Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
September 2012 - June 2014

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Ms. Jody McCullough, Federal Highway Administration, COTM

16. Abstract

This Guidebook informs State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs), as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan. A performance-based plan sets the foundation of goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets that support decisions for long-range investments and policies, and guides programming, as well as shorter-range decisions that move toward achievement of desired system performance outcomes. This document identifies key components present in a "model" transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. Examples and case studies illustrate the Guide's key points.

17. Key Words

Transportation planning, metropolitan planning, statewide planning, nonmetropolitan planning, long range, performance, targets, measures, objectives, baseline, public, stakeholder, multimodal, scenarios, programming

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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