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FHWA Webinar: TELUS Tools for Performance-based Transportation Planning and Programming

January 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Selection of projects for inclusion in regional and statewide transportation improvement programs is one of the major processes undertaken by metropolitan, state, and other regional transportation planning agencies. A critical element is project evaluation, as it allows the planning authorities to align their investment programs with the regional transportation needs. The MAP-21 performance-based planning and programming requirements emphasize the linkages between the investment decisions and transportation system performance. This means that merits of the proposed transportation improvement programs will be viewed in the context of regional system performance and regional performance goals. Furthermore, it assumes that transportation system performance will be measured relative to each of the stated regional goals using performance measures. From the planning perspective this means that investment decisions will also have to be based on (or align with) regional performance goals and their merits will be evaluated using the same performance measures. Inevitably, this process will require analytical evaluation of alternatives on a program level, or even a project-level.

The TELUS research program develops information-management and decision-support tools for MPOs and SDOTs that help them carry out their transportation planning mandates. With the performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) requirements in MAP-21, these concepts need to be articulated in TELUS MIS tool. TELUS already has a data-driven project scoring module; and when properly aligned with regional performance goals, this module can provide a very useful tool for project-level evaluation. However, this approach may not be possible or desirable. An alternative approach would facilitate evaluation of investment programs vis-à-vis desired investment scenarios, which reflect the desired project alignment with regional performance goals. The purpose of this webinar will be to present the TELUS performance-based investment scenario planning, as well as performance-based project scoring. The presentation will include a demonstration of these tools using hypothetical project scenario.


Branislav Dimitrijevic (New Jersey Institute of Technology), is a senior research staff at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT. He has over ten years of experience in the areas of transportation systems analysis, transportation planning, network optimization, and multimodal freight transportation. He also has extensive experience with GIS data development and analysis. He is a member of NJIT’s research team working on development and deployment of the Transportation Economic and Land Use System (TELUS), a research and innovation program sponsored by the FHWA. The mission of the TELUS program is to develop and deploy fully integrated information management and decision support tools to assist MPOs and State DOTs in carrying out their transportation planning responsibilities. As part of the TELUS research team, Mr. Dimitrijevic was mostly involved with the development and implementation of TELUM land use model, and development of TIP/STIP planning and programming components in TELUS web application. He has also worked in numerous research projects dealing with evaluation of traffic congestion and safety for New Jersey Department of Transportation, and more recently has worked on studies in the areas of Transportation Systems Management and Operations and ITS. Mr. Dimitrijevic has an adjunct teaching appointment with NJIT’s Interdisciplinary Program in Transportation. He currently teaches graduate courses in Urban Systems Engineering and Introduction to Urban Transportation Planning. Mr. Dimitrijevic holds an M.S. degree in Transportation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Diploma in Transportation Engineering from Belgrade University, Serbia.

Meeting Information

Participants do not need to preregister to attend the webinar.

Attendance is limited to 100 connections so we encourage participants to log into the webinar room together where possible. By watching the webinar with another participant you can help maximize the number of total participants! If you do not make it into the webinar before we have hit maximum capacity, please call in using the teleconference number and follow along with the PDF version of the presentations that will be linked to the reminder bulletin sent the day of the presentation.

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January 8, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Federal Highway Administration

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