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A Transportation Planning Reference: Taking a Corridor-based Approach

Full resource: Great Corridors, Great Communities: The Quiet Revolution in Transportation Planning

Date published: 2008
Source: Project for Public Spaces
Author: Jay Walljasper

Summary: Transportation benefits our sense of place, and our sense of place benefits transportation. A place-based approach to transportation planning redefines how both transportation and land use planners view their goals.

This booklet explains the importance of an emerging corridor approach to transportation planning, where local communities, private developers and non-profit organizations share responsibility for transportation improvements. It aims to reorient the trend of relying entirely on transportation or public works departments. This inclusive planning process results in safer and more efficient transportation systems, stronger communities, and natural and cultural resources being better protected.

Through eight case studies it outlines best practices and a range of tools and strategies that have successfully contributed to great corridors around the US. These corridor planning efforts are in various stages of implementation, and they incorporate a wide spectrum of corridor and community types.

This publication is the final part of a three-part transportation series published by Project for Public Spaces.

  • Part 1 – A Citizen’s Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency
  • Part 2 - Streets as Places: Using Streets to Rebuild Communities The Quiet Revolution in Transportation
  • Part 3 - Planning: How Great Corridors Make Great Communities

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