Transportation planning and investment decisions are based on the public's desired outcomes for the transportation system. Transportation planning begins with a set of broad goals that reflect the desired outcomes and the transportation vision for the region. The goals identified in the table below are representative of the goals that are included in metropolitan and statewide transportation plans. As shown in the table, the representative goals included in the National ITS Architecture are closely tied to the planning factors required by 23 CFR 450 . Select any of the goals to traverse to more specific objectives that support the goals, performance measures that can be used to measure the progress towards the objectives, and ultimately the service packages in the National ITS Architecture that support each objective.

Planning Factor Goal
A. Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency; Improve the national freight network, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development
B. Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; Achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads
C. Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; Improve the security of the transportation system
D. Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight; Achieve a significant reduction in congestion
E. Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns; Enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the natural environment
F. Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight; Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system
G. Promote efficient system management and operation; Improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system
H. Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system. Maintain the highway infrastructure asset system in a state of good repair

Architecture Use

The regional ITS architecture must be consistent with the goals established in the relevant transportation plan(s) to facilitate use of the architecture in transportation planning. When this connection is established, the regional ITS architecture can help regions realize their goals by defining the integrated framework for ITS components that support the goals. If your regional ITS architecture does not include this connection, the links between the representative goals and the National ITS Architecture defined in this planning view may be used as a starting point.

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