Connected Cities: Measuring transportation systems’ access to opportunity

If you’ve read Storm Cunningham‘s new Regenerative Strategy Guide, you know the vital importance of effective connectivity to resilience and revitalization efforts for both cities and landscapes.

Transportation systems link people to their daily destinations as well as broader opportunity. And transportation agencies across the country are increasingly interested in measuring how well their systems do this. Many practitioners are not sure where to start on that ambitious goal, but a new guide from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is designed to show them how.

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management is a brand new guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions.

The new guidebook provides background on the changing priorities in transportation performance management, how some transportation agencies are already incorporating measures of access into their programs, and discusses the data and tools available to support measuring it. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities.

This resource was informed by an Advisory Panel made up of federal, state, and local practitioners, as well as two workshops on performance management and destination access. Topics include:

What we measure:

  • Past areas of measurement and limitations;
  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century;
  • Additional areas to measure;
  • Why measure access to opportunity?
  • Incorporating destination access into transportation programs and planning;
  • Setting targets;
  • Using scenarios;
  • Making the case for change;
  • How to measure destination access;
  • Data sources;
  • Tools being used;
  • Proxy measures.

See download page.

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