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This book focuses on the adoption of a Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) approach to support the planning and management of urban transportation systems. DPM allows one to embrace a dynamic and systemic perspective and, as a result, to frame the contribution of different stakeholders, in terms of outcome-based performance, at an inter-institutional level. The discussed DPM approach allows one to focus on the causal relationships and feedback processes that characterize urban transportation systems’ governance. Particularly, through the adoption of such an approach, it is possible to identify outcome-based performance measures that help to monitor and drive the governance network toward the creation of public value for the reference communities.Strategic Planning for Urban Transportation: A Dynamic Performance Management Approach begins with an examination of urban transportation, highlighting the main criticalities and future challenges of managing it. Next, the book examines the governance of urban transportation including how to identify and engage stakeholders. Finally, the book introduces the main application of DPM and system dynamics to urban areas, with specific regards to transportation. The framework is outlined, and a case study is provided as a practical example of how to apply the model. This book should be useful to urban transportation decision-makers at both the managerial and political level.

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to Urban Transportation Strategic Planning

This chapter provides an overview of the key aspects of urban transportation strategic planning. It outlines the “what,” “who,” and “how” of urban transportation planning, discussing the opportunities and challenges that characterize these processes. The key message that emerges is related to the need to adopt a strategic management perspective in the planning and management of urban transportation systems.
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Chapter 2. A Dynamic Performance Management Approach to Support Urban Transportation Planning

This chapter faces the methodological issues that characterize the development of strategic planning for urban transportation. In particular, the need to adopt a strategic management perspective is tackled through the development and combination of two theoretical approaches: performance management and system dynamics. The first is used to provide planners and decision makers with the tools to define, monitor, and pursue the urban area’s goals with regard to transportation. The second enables us to widen the boundaries of analysis in terms of time and space.
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Chapter 3. Governance and Stakeholder Management in the Urban Transportation Sector

This chapter discusses a key topic of strategic planning that is often under-evaluated by urban transportation planning studies: dealing with the institutional framework, stakeholders, and the community. The chapter presents and explains a tailored approach to stakeholder analysis and engagement in urban transportation planning processes. In particular, it discusses how Dynamic Performance Management may offer an instrumental solution to identify the key stakeholders of an urban transportation system, to make a diagnosis of the urban context, and to support policy development and the implementation phase through the development of performance measures.
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Chapter 4. Modelling Urban Transportation System Through Dynamic Performance Management

This chapter develops a general framework to analyze urban transportation dynamics. This allows planners and decision makers to model urban transportation system according to the instrumental view of performance and the feedback relationships that link the key modules to one another. These are: travel demand, transport supply, travel mode choice, the economy, and the population. Each module is analyzed in depth, and various examples are provided to explain the criteria that should be followed when adapting the general framework to the urban system analyzed.
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