The 2002 review of Florida's twenty-five long range transportation plans
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The 2002 review of Florida's twenty-five long range transportation plans

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    The 2002 review of Florida¿s 25 long range transportation plans
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    Florida's 25 metropolitan planning organization (MPO) long range transportation plans (LRTPs) were reviewed. Each MPO had completed at least one update cycle since the initial review in 1997. Additionally, federal transportation legislation added a few new emphasis areas for LRTPs and provided slightly different guidance to direct the LRTP process. Particular attention was paid to the methods used to establish project priorities, identify needs, and move projects from needs plans to cost feasible plans. In general, the quality of the most recent LRTPs improved significantly compared to those reviewed in 1997 or 2000. Overall, plan documents were more user-friendly and concise. They also contained less jargon and richer descriptions of issues and challenges. There appeared to be a somewhat more balanced reliance on modeling and a more obvious assessment of a wider range of planning considerations than roadway level-of-service deficiency. There were numerous examples of innovative public involvement efforts and improved regional and interagency coordination. There was an increase in the consideration of potential social and community impacts in the decision-making process and thoughtful inclusion of community concerns into the decision-making process. Specific observations included the following: In general, plan documents are better organized, more user friendly and significantly more descriptive; Public involvement approaches improved dramatically throughout the state; Only a few MPOs integrated a strong visioning process or strategic planning principles into their long range transportation planning process; The final list of cost feasible projects was not always clearly linked to LRTP goals, objectives and policies; MPOs across the state employed various methods used to move projects from need plans to cost feasible plans; There was a somewhat more balanced reliance on transportation modeling and other considerations in plan development than was observed in previous plan reviews; and A large shortfall between revenues and needs plan costs remains a significant and widespread phenomenon. /Abstract from report, p. i-iii/
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