Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

Comments to the FTA on goal oriented planning

I believe it is important to project the effectiveness of any proposed pilot project against a set of parallel public goals, and allow private design of solutions, prior to selecting the projects.

For background, you may refer to the report I developed, called “A Democratic Land Use and Transportation Planning Process for the Albuquerque Metro Region”, published at This report proposes a planning and evaluation framework. The main points will be repeated here.

Typical transit procurement starts with a list of “in the box” alternatives which are viewed as politically feasible, often skipping the step of setting goals. The alternatives are then usually narrowed to a few preferred alternatives based on simple points. Before any serious analysis is done, most creative solutions have already been ruled out. (This is how government works, but no successful business operates this way.) Read the rest of this entry »

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