Interrelationship between Planning and Funding

by Mark G. Goode, Jr., (M.ASCE), Asst. Engr.-Dir.; Texas Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation, Austin, Tex.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 6, Pg. 703-709

Document Type: Journal Paper


Improved transportation begins with transportation planning which incorporates available funding. This is illustrateed by the problems facing the Texas Department of Highway and Public Transportation which were: increasing traffic volume, rising costs, and leveling off of revenue growth. In cooperation with a consultant firm, a complete analysis was made to find solutions to the immediate problems and evaluate the financial situation. A system-oriented program is being developed to establish a balanced system within a foreseeable time that can be funded and controlled. This approach to highway planning should result in maximum benefits from available funds and a highway program with a realistic, solid foundation. Effective transportation planning must include consideration of funding limitations and must be accomplished by the parties who have the authority and responsibility for implementation.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Financing | Public transportation | Traffic volume | Leveling | Revenues | Team building | Consulting services

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