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Defining Project Goals and Scope

No serious project can move forward effectively without an understanding of where it wants to go. While the motivation for any ICM project is a desire to improve conditions in a transportation corridor, the specific goals and scope of the project are developed with stakeholders over time. They must reflect the characteristics of the particular corridor and the needs of corridor users.

Goals

Beyond the general goals of reducing congestion and improving mobility, the Connected Corridors team and stakeholder partners sought to identify relevant goals and the objectives for attaining them, and to articulate them with sufficient clarity and measurability to know whether they have been achieved. These included:

  • Technical developments to improve corridor performance, including a Decision Support System and a set of performance metrics
  • Institutional process improvements, including fostering the culture and practice of corridor-wide collaboration among stakeholders
  • Longer-term view of formulating a roadmap for future projects around the state, based on replicability of the pilot project and lessons learned

Scope

While the Connected Corridors team had a preliminary sense of what might be included in a pilot ICM project, the scope of the I-210 pilot became more clearly defined as more was understood about the corridor and its users. Project scope was thus substantially shaped by stakeholder input, the corridor’s functional requirements, and the resources available to the project. It included: