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.

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.

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29 Projects

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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Operations and Travel Information Integration Sharing (OTIIS): Operations and Maintenance

Started April, 2015

The Operations Evaluation report summarizes Phase II, which included operating and maintaining the system for an evaluation phase from April 2015 – December 2016. The report includes a brief overview of the development of the system, a description of the system, experiences from operations of the system, system usage analytics, and conclusions. The research team concluded that that during Phase II, the OTIIS system provided more than 12,000 users with the ability to see road conditions and plan their trips seamlessly along the NWP corridor

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MDT Special Event Planning Synthesis

Started December, 2014

The final report includes finding from the literature review, MDT current practice assessment and local agency survey. For example, the local agency survey revealed a number of common challenges for special event organizers:
• Securing resources to comply with traffic control requirements;
• Finding certified flaggers to conduct traffic control;
• Enforcing parking and traffic management for large events; and
• Many events require organizers to submit both a city and MDT permit application.
Local stakeholders also shared many common best practices, including:
• Joint, coordinated advance planning and traffic management involving organizers, local government, MDT, and law enforcement;
• Public notification in advance of event;
• Traveler information signage and services (day of event);
• Parking and transportation alternatives (park and ride lots, shuttles, etc.);
• Use of experienced traffic management firm for traffic control; and
• Post-event reviews and evaluations to improve event management.

The final report also includes recommendations for MDT to consider to facilitate special event planning..

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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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Livability Benchmarks for Montana Transportation

Started January, 2011

As described in the final report, this study found that Montana has some unique characteristics that may have a bearing on measures of its livability. For example, sixty-two percent of Montanans live in areas where the population density is 800 people per square mile or higher, but those areas account for only 0.1 percent of the land area. Along with its unique character, the surveys conducted for this study indicate that Montana is also a good place to live

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Montana Fuel Tax Refunds

Started January, 2010

As described in the final report, the final outcome of this project was the development of 13 recommendations for revising Montana’s motor fuel tax refund process. The
recommendations have the potential to impact EOE (errors, omissions and evasions), the application effort for the claimant, the administrative effort for MDT, the dollars refunded by MDT and/or the equity of the tax burden across affected fuel users.

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Montana Fuel Tax Refunds – UTC

Started January, 2010

As described in the final report, the final outcome of this project was the development of 13 recommendations for revising Montana’s motor fuel tax refund process. The recommendations have the potential to impact EOE (errors, omissions and evasions), the application effort for the claimant, the administrative effort for MDT, the dollars refunded by MDT and/or the equity of the tax burden across affected fuel users..

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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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