Transportation Planning & Economics

Our Transportation Planning and Economics program assists implementers and policy makers in the creation of more sustainable rural transportation systems by researching the impacts of and relationships between transportation, land use, planning and policy and economies.

Program Overview

The Transportation Planning and Economics research group works to assist implementers and policy makers in the creation of more sustainable transportation systems serving rural communities by researching the impact and interrelationships between transportation, land use, planning and policy, and our economy.

Ongoing Projects

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Last Mile Commercial Package Delivery as a Revenue Generation Tool for Rural Public Transportation Systems in Wyoming

Started July, 2016

The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility of last mile package delivery as a revenue generation tool for rural public transportation systems in Wyoming, which will include exploring the impact of technologies and innovative last mile package delivery systems, and how rural public transportation systems may have a role in the process.. .

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MDT Special Event Planning Synthesis

Started December, 2014

The purpose of this project is for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to assist the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in documenting existing special event management practices in Montana, identifying the best management practices used across the U.S. that are applicable to Montana, and providing MDT and local governments with recommendations for implementing traffic management strategies for special events..

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MDT Research Implementation Plan

Started August, 2014

The purpose of project is for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to assist the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in creating a formalized process for implementing research conducted on their behalf.. .

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Montana Fuel Tax Refunds

Started January, 2010

This project will investigate Montana’s motor fuel tax refund process to evaluate its current governing policies, the potential for errors, omissions, and evasions (EOE), and the possibility of moving from a paper system to an electronic tracking system.. .

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Evaluation of Biodiesel Fuel: Literature Review

Started July, 2003

To provide the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and the State Legislature with better information to help them make policy decisions regarding future biodiesel usage in the state. The purpose of the literature review was to examine the body of literature that currently exists regarding laboratory and field experience with the use of biodiesel fuels, with an emphasis on oil seed-based biodiesel..

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Development of a Primer of Aviation

Started March, 2000

The main goal of this project is to increase the understanding of Montana's aviation infrastructure, management and preservation, by a spatially diverse workforce in rural and remote areas of the state. The course uses distance education technology to deliver the course and will develop a methodology for providing continuing education units or professional development hours..

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Montana Long Range Rest Area Plan Update

Started July, 1998

The Montana Department of Transportation, Planning Division is undertaking a three-phase effort to determine (1) current rest area conditions and services, (2) the needs and expectations of rest area users, and (3) appropriate planning guidelines to better direct rest area improvements and resources.. .

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Rest Area Survey

Started July, 1998

The overall goal of this effort was twofold: (1) to obtain information related to the needs and expectations of rest area users in Montana that may later be directly incorporated into rest area planning efforts, and (2) to support the MDT, Planning Division mission “to provide ways for interested citizens and stakeholders to obtain information and provide input into transportation planning and decision-making.. .

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