The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2014)

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SSTI and Smart Growth America continue working with state departments of transportation and tracking innovative strategies for meeting 21st century transportation needs. The 2014 edition of The Innovative DOT builds upon its predecessor with updated content and fresh new ideas from a growing number of states.

The challenges

State departments of transportation maintain ambitious goals of improving safety, alleviating congestion, improving system reliability, accelerating project delivery, preserving valuable assets, enhancing economic opportunities, reducing environmental impacts, and helping to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. These goals would be challenging even if money were no object, but conventional funding sources continue to stagnate and dwindle, leaving many DOTs with increasingly limited resources.

The answer is innovation

In response to these challenges, DOTs across the country are changing the way they do business. Recognizing that America’s transportation network is crucial to its economic success and forms the backbone of its communities, agencies are taking new approaches that fit the unique demands of their states and that provide greater benefits at less cost. They are improving existing services in the short term and planning effectively for the long term. They are reevaluating and retooling traditional practices, learning new skills, working more closely with stakeholders, and becoming more flexible in their approaches to problem solving. The most innovative agencies and their leaders have valuable lessons to offer and provide a model of success for others to follow.

An updated handbook of policy and practice

The Innovative DOT offers 34 specific recommendations to help state transportation officials position their agencies for success in the coming era. Developed with input from top transportation professionals, agency staff, and officials at state agencies around the nation, this handbook documents many of the innovative approaches leaders are taking to make transportation systems more efficient, governments more effective, and constituents better satisfied.

In the two years since the handbook’s initial release, state agencies have considered a variety of new funding opportunities, bolstered planning efforts, made better use of existing infrastructure, implemented new design standards and project delivery procedures, and drastically changed the way they do business. The 2014 edition reflects these changes by adding three new strategies for reform, 20 new case studies, and numerous updates.

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Introduction

User’s Guide to This Handbook

Focus Area 1: Revenue Sources

Focus Area 2: Revenue Allocation and Project Selection

Focus Area 3: Pricing

Focus Area 4: Increasing Transportation System Efficiency

Focus Area 5: Improving Options for Mobility and Access

Focus Area 6: Providing Efficient, Safe Freight Access

Focus Area 7: Integrating Transportation and Land Use Decision-Making

Focus Area 8: Improving DOT Processes

Help us improve it

This handbook serves as a living document, updated periodically with new and improved policies and practices. We invite reader comments, suggestions, and ideas for additional case studies. Direct comments to Eric Sundquist, erics@ssti.us.