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Using Geographic Information Systems for Regional Transportation Planning in a Growth Management Context

Description: Growth management in Washington State provides a new context for regional transportation planning. A major part of this planning involves investigation of the latest information processing techniques and interjurisdictional coordination specifically with regard to transportation and land use linkages. Geographic information system (GIS) applications for transportation can assist transportation planners with data analysis concerned with these linkages. This project has identified information needs in the context of a regional transportation planning process, particularly the needs of Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs). Urban and rural contexts are considered. Information processing tasks are elucidated and the software functions that address these tasks are presented. Data sources are identified for urban and rural traffic forecast modeling. Institutional and technical barriers inhibiting access to data for the regional transportation planning process are discussed.

  • Date Published: October, 1992
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 285.1
  • Last Modified: October 13, 2007
  • Authors: Timothy L. Nyerges, James D. Orrell.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 60 p., 1,318 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Access control (Communications), Data collection, Data processing, Geographic information systems, Governments, Land use, Mathematical analysis, Regional planning, Regional transportation, Rural areas, Software, Traffic forecasting, Transportation planning, Urban areas, Urban growth, Zoning.
  • Keywords: Regional transportation planning, growth management, GIS, information needs, geographic information systems, TIGER/Line, Census Transportation Planning Package, Washington (State)
  • Related Publications: A GIS Prototype Application for Monitoring Washington State Transportation Planning Studies, (WA-RD 285.2).


This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008