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                             TRANSLINKS 21


WHAT IS IT:

A comprehensive 25 year intermodal vision and plan for 21st century
transportation in Wisconsin.  It will encompass key issues.  Assist
MPO's in urban planning.  Be comprehensively multimodal.  Develop
all mode goals for intercity freight and passenger transport. 
Include an environmental evaluation.  Financial backdrop. 
Intensive public involvement.


WHY DO IT:

Clean Air Act                        New Multimodal Technology

Private Sector Enterprise            Environmental Movement

Congestion                            Public Desire for Choice


But Most of All
ISTEA!


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WHAT ISTEA SAYS ABOUT
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

    ISTEA requires, for the first time, that states develop a
     STATEWIDE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN.

    That it be a process and plan that looks at transportation as
     an INTEGRATED SYSTEM, rather than individual modes.

    The plan shall consist of all forms of transportation in a
     UNIFIED, INTERCONNECTED manner.

    Develop transportation systems embracing various modes to
     SERVE ALL AREAS OF THE STATE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

    Efficiently maximize MOBILITY OF PEOPLE AND GOODS within and
     through urbanized areas.

    Sets forth some 15 factors that are required to be considered in
     METROPOLITAN PLANNING.

    And 23 factors that must be considered in STATEWIDE PLANNING.

    Very extensive PUBLIC PARTICIPATION requirements.

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TRANSLINKS 21 SCOPE
DOT'S 25-YEAR TRANSPORTATION VISION

                STRATEGIC ISSUES ANALYSIS


                METROPOLITAN PLANNING ASSISTANCE


                MULTIMODAL INTERCITY FREIGHT PLANS


                MULTIMODAL INTERCITY PASSENGER PLANS


                FINANCIAL PLANNING


                SYSTEM LEVEL ENVIRONMENTAL
                EVALUATIONS

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TRANSLINKS 21 MILESTONES

OVERALL PLAN                                         MARCH, 93
DEVELOPMENT                                          NOVEMBER, 94


ANNOUNCE TL 21 PROCESS                               JULY, 93


INITIAL PUBLIC                                       OCTOBER, 93 
OUTREACH                                             FEBRUARY, 94


PUBLIC REVIEW OF                                     JULY,94
PLAN ALTERNATIVES                                    AUGUST, 94


PUBLIC REVIEW OF                                     SEPTEMBER, 94 
DRAFT SELECTED PLAN                                  NOVEMBER, 94


SECRETARY ADOPTS                                     DECEMBER, 94
FINAL TL 21 PLAN



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TL 21 STRATEGIC ISSUES ANALYSIS

PURPOSE:  Step back from current practices and habits, to relook
and rethink those issues and state strategies that may
significantly influence the future of Wisconsin transportation and
development.  Following a background evaluation, several alternate
strategies are posed for the public to consider and select.

ISSUE PAPERS:

     Transportation and Land Use
     Transportation and the Environment 
     Transportation and Economic Development
     Impacts of Highway Improvements on Travel 
          and Regional Development
     Transit in Wisconsin
     Transportation Demand Management
     Local Transportation Financial Partnerships
     Role of Urban Highways
     Specialized Transportation
     Quality Highways
     Relating the Cost of Automobile Use with
     Travel Behavior

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METROPOLITAN PLANNING PARTNERSHIP

TL 21 ROLES:
ISTEA assigns metropolitan transportation planning responsibilities
to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (11 MPO's for the 14
urbanized areas in Wisconsin), to be done in partnership with state
DOT's and the transit systems.

WisDOT, in partnership with the MPO'S, provides technical
assistance, guidance to encourage statewide consistency, and
financial help.

GUIDANCE:

Bicycle Planning                     Pedestrian Planning

Public Participation                 Environmental Evaluation

Corridor Preservation                Long Range Plan
and Access Management                Alternatives


Urban Performance                    Multimodal Prioritization
Measures

Financial Analysis                   Congestion Management
                                     Systems

Interim Planning Process             TIP Development

Transportation Needs
Assessment



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INTERCITY MULTIMODAL FREIGHT PLAN

PURPOSE:  Address freight transportation needs in Wisconsin in an
entirely new way.  First, estimate total commodity flow movements
expected in future years, regardless of modes.  Next, with the
advice of private sector freight managers, determine how the
marketplace would select the most efficient modal method.  Develop
a multimodal freight plan that takes advantage of the best of each
mode, and the role of the state to help make it happen.

While WisDOT staff plays the catalytic role, the use of expert
consultants, Reebie and Wilbur Smith, and a Wisconsin-based expert
freight panel, brings an advanced level of insight and expertise to
the complex multimodal freight planning process.


FREIGHT PLANNING ELEMENTS:

     Intermodal Facilities                Freight Rail
     Air Cargo                            Waterborne 
     Motor Carrier


NEXT STEPS:

Following the development of the somewhat generalized multimodal
freight plan, the next steps will be to prepare more detailed
statewide modal system plans and more specific multimodal plans for
the more densely traveled corridors.




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INNERCITY MULTIMODAL PASSENGER PLAN

PURPOSE:  Address intercity passenger transportation needs in
Wisconsin using a full multimodal evaluation process.  Historic and
base year data is assembled for each mode.  A multimodal passenger
travel demand model has been developed, and via the use of
preference surveys and the design of alternate scenarios, the total
travel demand and mode shares are estimated to the year 2020. 
Translinks 21 will then identify the modal and intermodal
investments that are needed to bring about the preferred scenario.

PASSENGER PLANNING ELEMENTS:

     Amtrak Rail Service
     High Speed Passenger Rail
     Intercity Bus
     Air Passenger
     Auto (Highway System)
     Cross Lake Ferries
     Intermodal Connections

NEXT STEPS:

Following the preparation of the somewhat generalized, or "sketch
plans" for intercity passenger travel in Translinks 21, the next
steps will be to prepare more detailed statewide individual modal
system plans and multimodal corridor plans.


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FINANCIAL PLANNING


PURPOSE:

While ISTEA does not financially constrain statewide transportation
plans (in contrast to STIP's and MPO plans and TIP's), financial
considerations now are emphasized much more than ever before. 
Thus, financial planning will be a major component of Translinks
21.


FINANCIAL PLANNING ELEMENTS:

     ISTEA/Other Federal Funding
     Federal Reauthorization Prospects
     Bonding Capacity
     Public/Private Financing Options
     State User Fee Stability
     Impact of New Technologies
     Plan Cost Analysis
     Local/State Financing Strategies
     Options for New Revenues


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SYSTEM-PLAN ENVIRONMENTAL
EVALUATION (SEE)

PURPOSE:  is a broad and comprehensive environmental review at the
planning level.

TL 21 ROLES: TRANSLINKS 21 has a lot of firsts, and this is one of
them.  The SEE is a new concept.  Few, if any other state or
federal agencies have similar environmental considerations at the
planning level.  These considerations will be achieved by
specifically examining impacts on:

Air quality                     Energy consumption

Land use                        Traffic congestion

Economic development            Community impacts 

Sensitive land and              Overall costs and benefits 
     water resources

SEE guidance is complete and will soon be available.  Separate
environmental guidance for MPO's is complete and available now.

NEXT STEPS: Our next task in fulfilling the SEE requirements is to
review how each of four transportation alternatives will affect the
environment in Wisconsin.


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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION -- THREE STAGES


INITIAL OUTREACH -- Defining the Scope and Issues

     Newsletters                          Issue Papers
     Key Statewide Organizations          Regional Forums
     Topical Forums                       MPO Conference


CHOICES -- Considering Alternatives; Selecting the Best

     More Newsletters                Technical Papers
     Plan Choices Book               Video Choices Explanation
     Media Outreach                  Regional Information Meetings
     Key Community Visits            Focus Groups
     MPO/RPC Preferences


PLAN ADOPTION-- Fine Tuning/Consensus Building for the Final Plan

     Draft Plan Report               Refined Video
     Regional Meetings III           Key Group Briefings
     Media Outreach II               Community Visits
     Legislator Briefings            Focus Groups
     Statewide Organizations

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TRANSLINKS 21 CHOICES FOR THE
21ST CENTURY

#1   TODAY'S POLICIES WORKING FOR THE FUTURE Current policies,
     program, and investment levels would be continued to the year
     2020 with minimal change.  Transit, rail, bikeways, air and
     other programs would be continued in present form.  Because
     the vast majority of passenger and freight trips are by
     highway, so too, most resources would continue to be directed
     to state and local highways.

#2   TAKING NEW DIRECTIONS WITH CURRENT FUNDING Current investment
     levels would be continued, but with somewhat reduced resources
     for state highways, and more for urban transit, passenger and
     freight rail, bikeways, special transportation, and local
     transportation initiatives.  Pricing policies might be
     introduced.  Greater land use controls might be sought.

#3   FINANCING BETTER HIGHWAYS AND MORE CHOICES More investments in
     all forms of transportation are needed to ensure mobility,
     choice, accessibility, and economic enhancement.  More
     resources would be devoted to highways preservation and
     selected expansion.  And more resources would be directed
     toward transit, passenger and freight rail, intercity bus,
     high speed rail, and air service.  Current resources could be
     increased as much as 15%-20%.

#4   TOWARD A WORLD CLASS SYSTEM Combining all the best elements of
     the world's technology -- pavements, rail systems, aviation,
     smart highways, and so on -- could become the 21st century
     look for Wisconsin's transportation.  High quality highways
     would be complemented with an extensive array of new and
     enhanced mobility choices.  World class choice and technology
     carry a higher price -- perhaps on the order of 30% to 50%
     more than current investments.



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