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TCSP Grant Workshop Denver, Colorado May 11-12, 1999

The TCSP Research Program

Introduction

By funding innovative activities at the neighborhood, local, metropolitan, state, and regional level, the TCSP program will increase our knowledge of the costs and benefits of different approaches to integrating transportation investments with community preservation efforts, land development patterns, and environmental protection.

The TCSP program includes a comprehensive research program to investigate the relationships between transportation, community preservation, and the environment, and to investigate the role of the private sector in shaping such relationships. The research program, which will complement the TCSP grants program, includes monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of projects carried out under the grant program, as well as, outreach and technical assistance to share and implement results of the projects. The goal of the research program is to build a knowledge base of work in this field that will enable State, regional and local government agencies, the private sector and neighborhood groups, through transportation activities, to help shape sustainable communities that meet current and long-term environmental, social equity, and economic goals.

FHWA is working to identify and initiate needed research to support the purposes of the TCSP program with coordination and input from its partners and stakeholders. During the TCSP workshop in Denver, participants completed a research survey to provide input on future research priorities for the TCSP program. The survey also asked whether participants supported the two proposed priority research areas for the TCSP program for FY 2000 which include:

Evaluation of Results of Current Community Preservation Practices - which would provide information on specific outcomes of current statewide, regional, and local community practices such as green corridors, smart growth initiatives, urban growth boundaries, higher density development, and land use controls to improve transportation efficiency.

Development of Analytic Tools and Methodologies to Support Decision Makers - which would seek to enhance transportation-related tools and analytical techniques to help support the state and local decision makers in taking a longer term view and balancing economic, social equity, and environmental goals.

Survey Responses

Participants in the Denver workshop completed surveys on research priorities and ideas for research projects. Feedback on the research survey generally supported the two proposed research areas as defined. However, the comments focused more on specific research topics that participants would like to see addressed. These topics could be categorized under one of four general headings: General Institutional Roles; Evaluation of Results; Development of Analytic Tools; and TCSP Programmatic Issues.

General Institutional Roles

Research topics recommended under this category dealt generally with the role State and local agencies play in bringing community and systems preservation principles to the forefront of the transportation planning process and dialogue. In particular, participants were interested in:

Evaluation of Results

Research topics recommended under this category dealt generally with questions of how to evaluate the effects of community preservation practices and transportation strategies with specific issues that participants would like to see addressed and evaluated including:

Development of Analytic Tools

Research topics recommended under this category dealt generally with the what tools, techniques, and methodologies are needed to enhance information for transportation decision makers including:

TCSP Programmatic Issues

Research topics recommended under this category dealt generally with how the TCSP program might be enhanced including:

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