The paper provides detailed overview of goals and objectives of non-motorized plan. Special attention is paid to methodology and development process. The author describes why objectives and goals important, what is development process and what methodologies are available for data collecting. Transportation plan involves mission statement as well discusses application of goals and objectives in practice. As it is mentioned every planning effort should start from development of objectives, missions and goals, because they provide direction for future work. They are essential constituents of every plan as they reflect company’s vision, values, and ideas of what actions transportation system should take to survive in highly competitive environment. The author defines objectives and goals as “means of measuring relative success of implementing the proposed plan”.
The author claims that sometimes objectives and goals may conflict with each other, because they are of comprehensive nature and, thus, are obliged to deal with broad issues. The author outlines also the role of decision-making in development process. He says that decision-making is necessary for choosing between goals and objectives when assessing plans, ideas, programs or projects. Decision-making process aims at finding such solution which will satisfy community needs and values. Speaking about Regional Transportation Pan the author admits that goals and objectives aren’t seriously changed, though they are thoroughly reviewed during the session of the CARTS (the Capital Area Regional Transportation System) which consists of non-motorized communities, transits, representatives from highway and, finally, representatives of local agencies.
It is noted that mission statement of the Transportation Plans is to ensure safe movement of goods and people “in efficient multi-modal transportation system”. Further, the mission of the plan is to provide accessibility, convenience, to improve environmental quality and to support the life quality of people. Therefore, the mission suggests seventeen goals. Accessibility emphasizes development of such multi-modal transportation system which would be able to improve overall accessibility. Mobility options suggest that it is required to ensure multi-nodal transportation choices in order to increase the rates of movement of goods and people throughout the regions as well as to reduce significantly congestions.
Safety objective assumes that it is necessary to design, maintain and manage transportation system in such way that it will meet safety standards and reflect community needs and values. Furthermore, safety issues deals with traffic calming issues, safety education and access management. Moreover, the plan offers improvements of system efficiency and performance. The paper outlines the environmental impact meaning that transportation system should meet local, federal and local environmental standards. Land use suggests developing such transportation system that would maximize positive impact and reduce number of conflicts between land use and facilities. Financial considerations are taken into account as well. Their aim is, obviously, to find ways how to improve multi-modal transportation system.
The next moment to mention is economic development which promotes the idea to develop such transportation system which ensure rapid economic development, reduce costs and expenditures, offer new opportunities and possibilities, enhance passenger travel, etc. The following goals involve the following issues: public involvement, transit, parking management, community impact, intermodal system development, non-motorized, improvement of management systems, airport issues, intelligent transportation system, etc. The paper discusses also application of objectives and goals. The author states that “new transportation planning process was intended to more clearly relate to transportation programs and projects to state and local transportation goals and objectives”. Actually, developing investment strategies and performance measures is necessary for linking projects to objectives and goals.