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Next Generation Scenario Planning: a Transportation Practitioner’s Guide

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In 2017, the Federal Highway Administration released the guide Next Generation Scenario Planning: a Transportation Practitioner’s Guide.  This report profiles the next generation of scenario planning for transportation practitioners. It provides a summary of the history, key benefits and driving issues that warrant a scenario-based approach. It includes a framework for scoping a scenario planning process tailored to specific issues and local agency capacity. It also illustrates the different considerations associated with conducting a scenario planning process based on variable future orientations: what is likely to happen (probable), what we want to happen (desirable) and what could happen (uncertain). Finally, it walks through the six-phase scenario planning process and highlights key considerations practitioners should consider when developing and implementing a scenario-based process. The report also includes profiles of recent scenario planning efforts from across the United States.

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