If a community plans on way to grow its land (commercial, residential,
preservation), what will be the effects on the transportation system? What if
they choose something different? What if they choose to invest in just major
roadway capacity projects versus system efficiency and transit projects?
Scenario planning is an analytical tool that can help transportation
professionals prepare for what lies ahead. Scenario planning provides a
framework for developing a shared vision for the future by analyzing various
forces (e.g., health, transportation, economic, environmental, land use, etc.)
that affect growth. Scenario planning, when done for a metropolitan area, tests
various future alternatives that meet state or community needs. Scenario
planning can be used in a range of situations, from a small section of a city
all the way to a statewide analysis.