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Livability Benchmarks for Montana Transportation

Started: January, 2011 Ended: January, 2012 Project ID #4W3231 Status: Completed


The objective of this research is to define what livability means for Montana as it relates to transportation, through a review of existing livability definitions, practices, and initiatives.  


Livability has recently gained renewed momentum in the national transportation discussion; however, this discussion has been largely focused on urban issues and solutions such as light rail, transit oriented design and high density housing. Livability focused planning and design could also help rural communities enhance access to jobs, health care, and other services, but rural policymakers and stakeholders are unclear as to how to define and implement livability initiatives in a rural environment. The Montana Department of Transportation is initiating a study to investigate livability opportunities within the state. This project will provide baseline data and preliminary recommendations to help MDT assess livability issues that are important and unique to Montana.  The information and recommendations will be developed through a review of federal livability initiatives, livability practices in other states, and community livability definitions within the state. MDT will use this information to help with national discussion of transportation priorities and align Montana to make the best use of future livability initiatives. If warranted, MDT may execute a second phase of this work in another research project that will identify specific implementation steps.  


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  • Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Sponsor

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation, Transportation Planning and Economics

Project Tagged In: livability, community development

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