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SECTION 3 Technical Guidance for SWCP This section provides guidance to those interested in adopting an SWCP approach to trans- portation planning. The guidance is organized by the major steps as discussed in Section 2 and as shown in Figure 1. As indicated previously, the emphasis is on the beginning and end of the process. A more detailed description of the steps for corridor planning is found in other references, including those listed in Section 5. Establish Organizing Principles and Institutional Structure Step Reason This step is necessary to provide consistent guidelines to SWCP participants on expected approaches and products from SWCP. These guidelines will also recommend public involvement 1. Establish process actions and strategies appropriate for different steps guidelines on how in the process. SWCP will be conducted in the state. It is expected that the type and level of public involvement efforts will be different in the early and latter steps of statewide planning as compared with what will occur during the individual corridor studies. 2. Utilize or adopt existing This step will provide some level of consistency statewide and compatibility among the different corridor transportation goals studies that will be conducted as part of the SWCP that will guide SWCP effort. efforts. 3. Identify common data sources and analysis Many states have developed statewide databases methods that can be (for crashes, pavement condition, transit operations, used in the corridor bicycle/pedestrian facilities, environmental and studies. For those that cultural resources, economic development, etc.) are readily available, that can be used consistently in all of the corridor incorporate them into studies. the process guidelines. 4. Identify common policy This effort targets policy or problem areas of state or problem areas that significance that might not be ordinarily considered are of statewide in corridor studies. significance that should be considered in For example, the state might want each corridor corridor studies. study to consider needs associated with freight Incorporate them into movement to promote economic development, the process guidelines. identify areas where ITS technologies could be readily used to maximize system preservation, or consider the use or expansion of public transit in corridors where sufficient demand might exist. 15