Asset Management and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2006
Quarterly Report March 2007
Quarterly Report June 2007
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008
Quarterly Report June 2008
Quarterly Report December 2008
Quarterly Report March 2009
Quarterly Report June 2009

Primary Investigator
P.S. Sriraj
Research Assistant Professor
Urban Transportation Center
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607

Project Objective
The objectives of the project are three fold.

  1. To understand the state of the practice of asset management and its place in the long range plan for the region
  2. Identify gaps and needs in data and tools
  3. Explore tools to support asset management at the regional level.

Project Abstract
This research will focus on case studies of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and their asset mangement practice in order to identify the data needs as well as tools to support asset management. The project will include structured interviews with stakeholders from various public agencies including local MPOs as well as various transportation entities in the region. This process, with theorietical underpinnings in public participation, will make use of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM). SSM is a qualitative approach to intervene in complex problem situations. It is a holistic and systematic approach.

Task Descriptions

  1.  Review literature
  2. Review state of the practice
  3. Develop a template for SSM
  4. Conduct case studies
  5. Synthesis of case studies
  6. Final report

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Duration: 12 months, September 1, 2006 to September 1, 2007
  • Budget: $95,608 (MRUTC => $57,023)
  • Student Involvement Two graduate students
  • Modal Orientation: Highway/Transit
  • Project ID: 07-09