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Charting a new course in transportation : transportation strategic planning seminars
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Charting a new course in transportation : transportation strategic planning seminars
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    In support of the Department's Strategic Planning effort in the Office of the Secretary, the Transportation Strategic Planning and Analysis staff of the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center conducted aseries of eight one-day seminars during the month of December 1991 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri. The purpose of these meetings was to update and expand the Department's knowledge and understanding of conditions in the overall transportation environment and recent developments affecting transportation in the United States and internationally. Attendees at the seminars included representatives from major transportation users, providers and suppliers; state and local government agencies such as state Departments ofTransportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs); academics and other transportation experts and analysts; and officials from theVolpeCenter, the Office ofthe Secretary andthe various Department of Transportation operating administrations. Four seminars were organized on market areas, and fourseminars on cross-cutting themes. For each seminar, participants were sent an "Issue Paper" suggesting topics forthe meeting, along with background information and suggested key questions for each of these topics. These Issue Papers were prepared by the Volpe Center staff, solely for the purpose of suggesting important issues which seminar participants mightbeinterested in pursuing during the meeting. A non-governmental transportation authority served as facilitator foreach seminar meeting. The facilitators introduced each session, posed questions, andchose participants to speak. The Department ofT ranspoitation is grateful for the helpful andprofessional service each facilitator rendered in this seminar series. This publication presents summaries of these eight strategic planning seminar. The "Background" section for each major issue is exerpted from die Issue Paper distributed to attendees priorto the session. The "Seminar Discussion" section for each major issue is a summary of the general flow of the discussion on that major issue and of the thoughts and comments that arose in that session. This report, therefore, does not reflect the policies or positions of the Department of Transportation.
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