PennDOT Smart Transportation
For decades, Pennsylvanians focused resources on new transportation infrastructure to support growth in new areas rather than maintain their existing system. The result was hollowed-out cities and villages, failing infrastructure and bridges, and enormous financial shortfalls to take care of their existing investments. KAI staff worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to initiate a Smart Transportation program that re-focused the agency, expanded their view to be more multi-modal, and began to integrate transportation and land use decisions. The key methods that were used to advance Smart Transportation included:
• Mandatory flexible standards that link land use context, desired operating speed, and cross section elements of the roadway and right-of-way to ensure that all modes are served
• Competitive and educational pilot program (funded at $100 Million over four years) to fund community-focused transportation and land use plans and projects
• New project delivery process that establishes project selection criteria to be consistent with Smart Transportation principles, goals and objectives, and requires all MPOs and RPOs (Rural Planning Organizations) to use an effective asset management system to prioritize maintenance.