Chapter 1: State Plans

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Section 1: Statewide Transportation Plan

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Overview

The Statewide Transportation Plan provides a framework for long-term planning, development, and preservation of the transportation system in the state of Texas. It encourages the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems. Definitions and acronyms pertinent to this volume are included in the TxDOT Glossary.

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Federal Legislation

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) required that states, during the transportation decision-making process, consider all aspects of statewide multimodal planning. The 1998 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century ( TEA-21), Section 1204, outlines the critical elements of statewide planning. These elements encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems. Such emphases will serve the mobility needs of people and freight to foster economic growth and development within and through urbanized areas, while addressing the environmental issues of transportation.

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Texas Legislation

In 1991, the Texas Legislature charged the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with the task of developing a multimodal plan. Transportation Code, Section 201.601 provided TxDOT guidance to include all modes of transportation in the statewide transportation plan and directed TxDOT to seek the opinions and assistance of other state agencies and political subdivisions during plan development.

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