Transportation Planning

Modeling, budgeting and facility design are usually identified as transportation planning activities by the public and practitioners alike. Working to establish a program of projects under a constrained budget or to estimate the Level of Service under a particular design can easily end-up as the focus of planners or of a planning agency. But, are these actually planning activities? And, what about the sorts of considerations that are not generally under the purview of transportation planers?

  • What about land use, where zoning implies the availability of transportation inputs sufficient to connect the various zones-industrial, commercial, residential, open space?
  • How does the Little Rock, AR residence, pictured here, compare with a rural or suburban home located in a residential development?
  • Will the residents of this housing unit require more, or less transportation inputs in their daily lives?
  • What mix of transport ion services will they demand?
  • What policy implications flow from the varying housing choices made by residents across the region?

These are generally divided out as properly being  land use planning concerns, but they impact transportation; just as a new beltway in a rural community impacts land use.

We are starting  another semester of Transportation Planning in the CED Program at UCA, and these are the weighty concerns that we will consider further as the semester unfolds.  If you were enrolled in the land use class in the fall, some of this will sound familiar, because they really are two sides of the same issue: planning and shaping the human habitat.

The resources on this page are meant to help you connect the many and varied aspects of transportation planning. The Twitter Feed focuses on topics as diverse as equity and renewable energy, or housing costs and population growth. Treat this material more as a wave than a garden hose and let’s get busy.