Scenario Planning Resources: New Approaches to Support the Next Generation of Scenario Planning in Transportation
Communities constantly evolve and change in response to social, political, economic, technological and environmental forces. Effectively planning for this kind of change in transportation requires the cultivation of a participatory and informed decision-making process that regularly considers what is likely to happen, what could happen, and what the community wants to happen in the future. Scenario planning provides a framework to do just this – it is way to consider the issues and opportunities of different futures and plan accordingly.
While Scenario Planning is probably best known as a process for engaging the public, stakeholders, and elected officials in tradeoff discussions about different desired or aspirational futures, it is also increasingly becoming a valuable technique to help plan in the face of uncertainty or consider emerging trends.
The FHWA and Eno Center for Transportation hosted a webinar on June 14, 2017 with three goals in mind: 1) To highlight the key chapters of the FHWA’s new publication, “The Next Generation of Scenario Planning – A Transportation Practitioner’s Guidebook;” 2) Summarizes the findings of a synthesis report from the National Association of Regional Council’s (NARC) that surveyed 24 regional entities on their use of scenario planning; 3) Have a discussion with key speakers on some of the driving trends and issues facing MPOs and DOTs for which a scenario-based planning approach could be beneficial.
Robert Puentes, President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Ken Petty, Director of Office of Planning, FHWA
Michael Barry, GIS Specialist/Transportation Planner, FHWA
Katharine Ange, Vice President, Renaissance Planning Group
Erich Zimmermann, Director of Transportation Programs, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)