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RESEARCH RESULTS DIGEST OCT OBER 2023 NCHRP RRD 404 Collective and Individual Actions to Envision NAT IO NA L COOP E R AT I VE and Realize the Next Era of Americaâs H IGH WAY Transportation Infrastructure: Phase 1 RESEA R C H This digest summarizes the findings and activities of the initial phase of NCHRP Project 20-24(138), âCollective and Individual Actions for State Departments of Transportation P ROGR A M Envisioning and Realizing the Next Era of Americaâs Transportation InfrastructureâPhase 1.â This work was conducted to explore and articulate what state departments of transportation (DOTs) can do collectively and individually to support the nationâs continued prosperity and well-being. The digest describes the research and outreach activities that supported the development of a visionary framework for the coming decade, which was adopted by the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Cambridge Systematics was the contractor for this study; Kirk Steudle was the principal investigator and John Kaliski was the project manager. The responsible senior program officer is Ann M. Hartell and Waseem Dekelbab is the manager for NCHRP. This Research Results Digest is accompanied by 11 appendices, which are available on the National Academies Press website (nap.nationalacademies.org) by searching for NCHRP Research Results Digest 404. SUMMARY The vision is for a transportation system focused on connecting communities, moving people and The American Association of State Highway and goods, and meeting customer needs at all scalesâ Transportation Officials (AASHTO), through the from local to globalâdelivered as a partnership National Cooperative Highway Research Program between state DOTs and other public, private, and (NCHRP) Project 20-24 (138), initiated a multiyear civic organizations. process to describe and advance the implementa- The vision includes six aspirational goals that tion of a vision for the next era of transportation in describe how the transportation system should the United States. function (FigureÂ 1). These are intended as shared From August 2021 through October 2022, the NCHRP research team reviewed prior eras and trans- values, with each state DOT defining success and CONTENTS progress on each goal in a unique way. formational events in the history of transportation Summary, 1 and other industries; compiled and analyzed exter- Implementation will include continuing to col- Introduction and Purpose, 2 nal trends, uncertainties, and potential disruptions laborate with a range of nontraditional partners; shaping the future of transportation; and engaged advancing a small number of bold ideas or âmoon- Research and Engagement Process, 3 the leadership of all 52 state departments of trans- shotsâ to transform transportation through the end portation (DOT) as well as thought leaders and of this decade; and identifying a range of individual Vision Framework Development subject matter experts from other industries in a and collective actions for state DOTs to pursue. and Refinement, 10 conversation about the future of transportation. This report documents the research and engage- References and Other ment activities conducted for this project. It also In October 2022, the AASHTO Board of Direc- Resources, 15 tors adopted a vision framework developed through describes how they were used to produce the vision Appendices, 15 this process and an accompanying resolution com- framework and initial implementation recommen- Authors, 15 mitting to the implementation of this vision. dations ultimately adopted by AASHTO. 1