KAI led an innovative transportation planning and land use effort, designated to TRIP97 in central Oregon (Transportation Reinvestment Innovation Planning for US 97). TRIP97 is a collaborative effort between local, county, and state transportation agencies, focused on the US 97 between Madras and La Pine. The goal of the project was to create new transportation solutions for safety, congestion, and the betterment of the region’s economy and quality of life.
TRIP97 came about because these agencies recognized that a well-functioning US 97 corridor was vital to the economy of Central Oregon. Future growth and job development within municipalities located adjacent to the corridor was impeded by a number of factors. TRIP97 was a collaborative multi-agency effort focused on developing a long-term framework for the improvement and maintenance of the US 97 corridor. TRIP97 developed a multi-pronged, collaborative approach to addressing the issues at hand by:
- Creating new, corridor-based transportation performance measures that address safety, mobility, freight, and non-auto travel;
- Developing a practical, high value set of transportation improvements and strategies prioritized from a regional perspective;
- Creating new funding mechanisms that take small bites from many different sources tied to growth and economic development; and
- Establishing a governance strategy to use the Plan to develop local, state, and federal "buy-in" regarding the future of the corridor.
The resulting plan introduced a practical approach to planning and funding transportation improvements, and has begun to remove transportation-related obstacles to economic development along the US 97 corridor.