Right-Sizing

“Right-sizing” transportation infrastructure is repurposing, re-using or fundamentally re-sizing (either larger or smaller) an existing asset (or in some cases, plans for a future asset) for a newly understood economic function or purpose. As transportation and land markets have shifted over the decades, transportation infrastructure has often remained rigid — standing as long as a century or more but no longer generating the economic benefits which justified its construction. 

Toolkit

Decision-Support/Problem Addressed

DOT Activities

Typical Business Processes

Right-Sizing Process

Policy and Technical Guidance

Right-SIzing Toolkit

 

Table 8 represents custom applications of methods, tools, and resources that are widely available in the typical DOT environment to specifically address questions related to right-sizing. The tools and methods can be used to identify and diagnose right-sizing situations, evaluate right-sizing scenarios and make a plausible “business case” for a right-sizing decision or policy. 

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DOT Activities

 

Table 8 represents custom applications of methods, tools, and resources that are widely available in the typical DOT environment to specifically address questions related to right-sizing. The tools and methods can be used to identify and diagnose right-sizing situations, evaluate right-sizing scenarios and make a plausible “business case” for a right-sizing decision or policy. 

Right-Sizing Process

 

Table 8 represents custom applications of methods, tools, and resources that are widely available in the typical DOT environment to specifically address questions related to right-sizing. The tools and methods can be used to identify and diagnose right-sizing situations, evaluate right-sizing scenarios and make a plausible “business case” for a right-sizing decision or policy. 

TRB Workshop

TRB 2020, Sunday 1:30

PART I:  Right-Sizing the Transportation Portfolio 101:

Key leaders of right-sizing research from throughout the US will be presenting the latest research, approaches and results that can occur when agencies are able to align today’s infrastructure with the underlying economic markets, customers and sources of value in the system.  A series of dynamic mini-presentations and speakers will include:

  1. Greg Bischak: Moderator
  2. Marissa Birtz:  Federal Guidance on Right Sizing and Disinvestment Decisions
  3. Naomi Stein:  What is Right Sizing and Why Do it?
  4. Jeffrey Harris:  Right-Sizing and the DOT Planning Process
  5. David Hurst:  Right-Sizing your highway & bridge portfolio
  6. Chandler Duncan:  Using models, visualization and other tools in right-sizing
  7. Mike Brown:  Right Sizing at the project level – Making the best and highest use of space and money

 

PART II:  Right-Sizing in Practice

This will be an interactive role playing process where different roles, perspectives and needs for “Right-sizing” transportation infrastructure will come to life.  Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the NCHRP and FHWA research and associated concepts in a ‘real-world’ right sizing scenario.  The role playing exercise will lead into critical discussion about key success factors for applying right-sizing principles in transportation agencies.

  • Introduce Scenario Simulation
  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Identify tools (near-term/long term issues)
  • Apply tools to scenario
  • Report back to group
  • Debrief

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