ContextStakeholder needs for seamless transportation solutions, and expanding DOT objectives that incorporate societal goals for regional goals and transportation- and non-transportation goals require new partnerships. The organization needs to adapt to develop a common understanding of priorities, to strengthen collaboration, improve data and information and enhance communication and reporting mechanisms. We have additional needs to collaborate with our local partners in ways we have not done in the past.
Shift in Role and Focus. The shift in emphasis from highway construction to maximizing the capacity of the existing multi-modal transportation system increases the importance of public/private and multi-jurisdictional partnerships.
Legislation, Regulation, and Funding. Legislation creates the need for the agency to strengthen integration of community priorities and collaborative processes into its project planning and programming, and to develop performance measures that consider the entire transportation system.
Technology Advancement. New technologies are impacting the tools, methods and strategies available to share data with stakeholders that can be used for customer-facing, traveler information systems incorporating information about multiple modes.
Public Expectations. Travelers are seeking improved intermodal connections.
What Capabilities Are Needed?
Agility and Resilience. An organizational capability for agility is needed for adjusting planning, programming and project development processes to incorporate working with other organizations that have different missions, objectives and decision-making timeframes.
Operations Focus. Agencies must strengthen their capability to focus on the operation of the multi-modal system. Coordination with other agencies, modes, jurisdictions and organizations is an integral part of this.
Transparency. The agency needs to keep modal and other jurisdictional agency partners engaged, to ensure buy-in for policy initiatives and so external funding agencies are informed about status and schedules.
Technology Adoption. The agency needs to strengthen its ability to share data with partners and collaborate in provision of traveler information.
What can you do about it?Organizational Management
- Strategic Planning – to ensure that development of strong partnerships is clearly spelled out as integral to the agency’s mission, goals and objectives
- Performance Management – to incorporate a multi-modal perspective into planning and decision-making processes
- Knowledge Capture and Transfer – to share information about partner agencies and key contacts within those agencies; and to share information about approaches to integrating multiple modes and intermodal connectivity into plans and projects
- IT and Data Governance – to identify and adopt open data standards that enable sharing data with partners
- Public/private Partnerships – to leverage available commercial products and services that provide a platform for information sharing and collaboration
- Interagency Agreements – to develop common understanding, coordination and collaboration among multiple agencies
What resources will help?
- NCHRP Report 827: Navigating Multi-Agency NEPA Processes to Advance Multimodal Transportation Projects
- Virginia Transportation Research Council, “Multimodal Public-Private Partnerships: A Review of the Practices of Other States and Their Application to Virginia”
- NCHRP Project 03-131, “Guidance for Planning and Implementing Multimodal, Integrated Corridor Management”
- AASHTO Partnering Handbook
- Transportation Research Circular E-C255: Managing Transportation Systems in a Fast-Changing World
This circular explores questions about planning for the future in the rapidly changing world of transportation. Four experts offer their perspectives: a senior transportation decision maker; a transportation modeler; a trend spotter in transit and transportation planning; and an historian who specializes in the history of technology and the interaction between technology and society.
- NCHRP Report 885: Guide to Sustaining a Culture of Innovation with- in Departments of Transportation
This guide provides a framework for encouraging and sustaining a culture of innovation
- A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation (2015)
This study by TransitCenter traces the human factors behind recent urban transportation innovations in the United States. It explores these innovations in Portland, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver and Charlotte. The study is states that it is one perspective on what it takes to make change. The analysis aims to show that any city can take up the fight to bring their streets back to their people, as long as they have the leaders in place.