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Project Prioritization

I. Introduction

What is Project Prioritization? Project prioritization is the method for listing transportation projects critical to the success of the tribal transportation program in order of importance for implementation purposes

This module has six parts:

  • I. Introduction. Topic description. Practice While You Learn!
  • II. How Do I Prioritize Transportation Projects? Step by step instructions.
  • III.

    Toolbox: Techniques for performing tasks.

  • IV.Checklist and Tips: Check list
  • V.From Indian Country. A Tribal example.
  • Appendix.

    Further reading. Tribal TTIP resolution. Practice While You Learn! answer.

Why is this important? Federal laws (23 USC and 25 CRF Part 170) require that projects funded through the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program be prioritized. These laws are tied to funding.(2)
Project prioritization strengthens your ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs. Your communication of needs to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the State department of transportation (State DOT) will be more effective when accompanied with a current and credible list of prioritized projects. These agencies routinely use these lists to determine where and when to allocate their resources and funds. Your presentation of a prioritized list will heighten opportunities for funding and partnership.
Who should participate in this training? Any person involved in tribal transportation planning.
How will I benefit? You will learn how to prioritize transportation projects.
How does this module relate to other modules in the training series? This module is closely aligned with five shown in Figure 1. They are:

What can I expect from this module? This module explains the basic steps in project prioritization. Specific examples and instructions are given for each step. A toolbox and convenient check list are offered along with Practice While You Learn! in Figure 2. Here a hypothetical problem is presented. As you read through and study this module, consider ways to solve the problem. The final chapter highlights a successful project prioritization example from Indian country. The appendix contains a reading list, an example of a tribal resolution with prioritized projects and one possible answer to Practice While You Learn!

Figure 2: Practice While You Learn!

Transportation Project Prioritization

The projects below are referenced throughout the module to help you "Practice While You Learn" project prioritization.

Road A Project: Road A is a primary access route. It carries 30% of daily traffic. The Long-range Transportation Plan (LRTP) states Road A has not been improved in 30 years and is deteriorating. An upgrade is recommended. The community strongly agrees. The cost to improve is $1.1 million. The project may be eligible for IRR funds.

Bus Transit Service Project: New elder housing has been developed and is in need of transit service to various facilities. The annual cost for service is $66,000. The project may be eligible for IRR and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds.

Recreational Trail Project: There is a trail leading to a scenic view. The tribe would like to improve this trail to promote economic development through tourism. The trail is overgrown and rutted. A tribal member was recently injured there. The community strongly advocates for improvements to the historic trail. The cost to improve is $21,000. The project may be eligible for IRR and FHWA Recreational Trail funds.

The purpose of Practice While You Learn! is to apply your learning to a hypothetical problem as you study the contents of this module. You will find useful information and tools in your reading. At certain points, you will be asked if the lesson you have just learned will help solve the problem described here.

One possible answer to this problem set is also provided in Appendix D.

Updated: 5/8/2015
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