Governors highway safety associations and transportation planning: Exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modeling

Mitra, Sudeshna, Washington, Simon, Dumbaugh, Eric, & Meyer, Michael (2005) Governors highway safety associations and transportation planning: Exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Journal of Transportation and Statistics, 8(1), pp. 1-4.

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The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 mandated the consideration of safety in the regional transportation planning process. As part of National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 8-44, "Incorporating Safety into the Transportation Planning Process," we conducted a telephone survey to assess safety-related activities and expertise at Governors Highway Safety Associations (GHSAs), and GHSA relationships with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and state departments of transportation (DOTs). The survey results were combined with statewide crash data to enable exploratory modeling of the relationship between GHSA policies and programs and statewide safety. The modeling objective was to illuminate current hurdles to ISTEA implementation, so that appropriate institutional, analytical, and personnel improvements can be made. The study revealed that coordination of transportation safety across DOTs, MPOs, GHSAs, and departments of public safety is generally beneficial to the implementation of safety. In addition, better coordination is characterized by more positive and constructive attitudes toward incorporating safety into planning.

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ID Code: 38189
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Available online at the above RITA website
Keywords: Transportation planning, transportation safety, structural equation modeling
ISSN: 1094-8848
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2010 23:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:18

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