Fall 2013 - 63440 - PA680PA - Policy Research Project
Assisting Strategic Initiatives at the Texas Department of Transportation: Issues, Policies and Challenges
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently engaged in the development of a comprehensive freight transportation plan that considers the role of highways, waterways, seaports, and railroads in facilitating the movement of both domestic and international commerce throughout the state.
This PRP will conduct research on a number of diverse freight-related transportation issues, which may include the following:
Students will report directly to Mr. Phil Wilson, Executive Director of TxDOT, who will participate in scheduled PRP workshops throughout the academic year to narrow (or expand) the scope of proposed research topics, to comment on interim research findings, and to provide overall policy guidance. Mr. Wilson will likely involve other senior TxDOT officials in workshop deliberations.
It is anticipated that students will travel to various locations in Texas and to other states to interview both public- and private-sector officials and collect relevant information.
Invited guest speakers will make classroom presentations over the course of the fall semester to provide students with necessary background information on the basics of transport funding, operations, governance, coordination with the state legislature, etc.