Designing for All Users - A session at the ITE 2006 Technical Conference and Exhibit explored a central issue facing transportation engineers and managers in the post-Interstate construction era: "Who are our customers (users) and what outcomes do they seek from our transportation systems - including all modes?" The session also addressed how design principles are evolving and how the terms "context sensitive design" and "context sensitive solutions" affect or change traditional transportation design principles when the goal is to design for all users.
Feasibility Study Procedural Guidelines - A guide to the development of work statements for highway feasibility studies in which funds administered by the FHWA participate and to the management of such studies.
FHWA Functional Classification - This reference manual includes sections on (1) concepts of functional highway classification and functional system characteristics and (2) suggested procedures for functional highway classification in rural, small urban and urbanized areas.
Influence of Transportation Infrastructure on Land Use - (PDF, 146 KB) This document describes the development decision-making process from the private sector perspective, as well as the role that local and regional government entities play in the process. It provides a framework for understanding the relative importance of transportation accessibility, describes the role of local and regional government actions and policies, and outlines the private developer's decision-making process.
Local Officials Consultation - TEA-21 legislation provides for States to consult with and consider the concerns of non-metropolitan officials when making transportation decisions in their Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming processes.
Multimodal Tradeoffs Workshop (PDF, 995KB) - On October 31, 2005, the Multimodal Tradeoffs Workshop was held in Kansas City, Missouri, and was attended by Federal, state department of transportation, transit agency, and metropolitan planning organization representatives. The goal of the peer exchange was to identify how various agencies address the challenges of managing investment tradeoffs among multimodal systems to achieve policy objectives and balance the needs of a diverse customer base.
Non-Traditional Performance Measures - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Standing Committee on Planning has released a report that explores how state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and public transportation agencies use non-traditional performance measures in their transportation planning and decision-making processes.
Performance Measures and Targets for Transportation Asset Management - TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 551: Performance Measures and Targets for Transportation Asset Management describes the research effort associated with production of the report and provides the current state of practice on the use of performance measures, principally in the context of transportation asset management. In addition, the report introduces a framework for identifying performance measures and setting target values. The report appendixes contain examples of performance measures and targets. The report is designed to help transportation agencies apply the concepts of performance management to their asset management efforts.
Transportation Planning and Asset Management - As transportation planners and metropolitan planning organizations evaluate current system conditions and alternate future scenarios to make informed decisions on allocating resources, they must balance funding realities with mobility needs; public expectations; and community, legislative, and environmental considerations. Transportation asset management provides a valuable tool to maximize system performance, improve customer satisfaction, and minimize life-cycle costs.