Transportation Planning Proposal in State DOTs

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop guidance on how to improve on providing decision support for agencies. The goal is to create a plan where Departments of Transportation (DOTs) can aid agencies to preserve, maintain, operate, and improve transportation infrastructure and services.

To further define the objective, NCHRP will research to determine how DOTs can plan future decisions in order to positively impact transportation services, operations and projects. State DOT executives, the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning, transportation planning managers, educators, and certifying organizations should be involved in this planning process.

This is a great opportunity for organizations to get involved and make important changes within DOT planning and support measures. It will provide a forum for your research (which can be funded) and address any needed changes within DOT processes. These research findings will then be used to help in future transportation services and infrastructure decisions that can directly impact your state.

There is a number of criteria that needs to be met in order to submit the proposal, but it’s information that your organization can utilize in planning for the next calendar year. If this level of planning is part of your internal process, it won’t be anything out of the ordinary for you. If not, then it’ll be a great stepping stone to start planning for the following year and will be a great project management tool.

The research should address but not be limited to the following topics:

  1. Challenges facing transportation
  2. Maximizing the value of planning to transportation
  3. Providing a roadmap for each segment of the stakeholders to follow to put the research into practice

The NCHRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Candidates submitting proposals need to provide:

  • Description of their research plans including timelines and budget constraints
  • Details on how they will meet the research objective
  • Proposal must be divided into tasks and have appropriate check points and deliverables

The research directly correlates with this year’s TRB Annual Meeting in DC from January 22-26, 2012. The theme is Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work. Reviewing and improving processes should be on-going and the TRB/NCHRP recognizes the importance of involving organization’s to aid in this process. If you are attending the Annual Meeting, take the opportunity to discuss with your peers what their thoughts are about the research and their participation.

Miovision is a firm believer in TRB’s Annual Meeting theme of putting innovation and people to work. It correlates directly with automated video collection and analysis technology and allowing people to spend their time on value added tasks while collecting more accurate, reliable information than with manual data collection. If you are attending the TRB Annual Meeting, we invite you to stop by our booth! More details will be available in January.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please review all the information on the TRB website carefully. Omitting any requirements will result in a rejection. Pay attention to the ‘Special Notes’ section that outlines a number of different submission criteria.

Proposals are due no later than January 11, 2012 by 4:30 pm. This is a firm deadline and extensions will not be available. Proposals need to be submitted in 20 single-bound copies, along with the Liability Statement. If the proposal does not meet the following criteria, it will be rejected.