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Applying Archived Operations Data in Transportation Planning: A Primer

Long Description for Figure 2. Diagram. Flow chart of performance-based planning and programming.

This figure is a high level data flow diagram that shows the basic process of performance-based planning and programming. The chart has three distinct, interconnected sections: 1) Planning; 2) Programming; and, 3) Implementation and Evaluation. The Planning section has two subsections: a) Strategic Direction; and, b) Analysis. The diagram flows along the following process:


This step has two parts and involves the following:

  • Strategic Direction – Where do we want to go?
    • Goals and Objectives
    • Performance Measures
  • Analysis – How are we going to get there?
    • Identify Trends and Targets
    • Identify Strategies and Analyze Alternatives
    • Develop Investment Priorities

Step 2. Programming – What will it take?

This step has three parts and involves the following:

  • Investment Plan
  • Resource Allocation
  • Program of Projects

Step 3. Implementation and Evaluation – How did we go?

This step also has three parts and involves the following:

  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation
  • Reporting

Steps 2 and 3 are connected with a double-sided arrow which implies they can flow back and forth with each other. A solid arrow from Step 3 flows back to Step 1.

A dotted line, labelled "Continuous Feedback," from Step 3 returns to both subsections of Step 1; i.e. Strategic Direction, and Analysis.

A solid line, labeled "Data" and "ublic Involvement," extends from the top to the bottom of the flowchart.

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