Statewide Transportation Planning

by Frederick J. Wegmann, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Systems Design, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI,
Everett C. Carter, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 323-338

Document Type: Journal Paper


The emerging statewide transportation planning process is described and compared to a typical transportation needs study. The view taken is that the statewide transportation planning process represents the gradual merger of transportation needs studies with the urban transportation planning process. Statewide transportation plans are now being developed for single modes, i.e., highways, considering (1) user as well as nonuser goals; (2) the formulation of alternative systems; (3) analytical models to predict the demand for future travel; and (4) comprehensive evaluation criteria. Also, traditional highway needs studies are being replaced by the National Transportation Planning studies which represent a starting point for estimating total transportation multimodal needs. As experience is gained with a single mode transportation planning studies, emphasis will be expected to shift to multimodal planning.

Subject Headings: Transportation studies | Highways and roads | System analysis | Multimodal transportation systems | Comparative studies | Urban development | Travel demand | Travel modes

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