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Peer Exchanges, Planning for a Better Tomorrow, Transportation Planning Capacity Building

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

— Peer Exchange Report —

Cross-Modal Project Prioritization

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Date: December 16-17, 2014
Host Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Peer Agencies: Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)
Genesee Transportation Council (GTC)
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Federal Agencies: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center)


This report highlights key recommendations and best practices identified at the peer exchange on cross-modal project prioritization, held on December 16 and 17, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina. This event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Goals of the Exchange

The primary goal of the peer exchange was to address the concerns expressed by NCDOT regarding the challenges of implementing the Strategic Transportation Investment (STI) legislation enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012. Specifically, the purpose of the peer exchange was to gather innovative examples, useful suggestions, and industry best practices from other transportation agencies that have experience prioritizing projects across different modes of transportation. In addition, the peer exchange also sought to gather information on challenges in comparing or normalizing project scores across modes and explore the bounds of what level of cross-modal comparison is feasible. NCDOT plans to use the results of this peer exchange to refine its Strategic Prioritization Process and develop new methodologies for evaluating transportation projects.

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