Stage 3 Setting Goals

Existing Policies and Objectives

If there are already clear statements of policy, then it is not necessary to develop them. It will just be necessary to understand which are relevant, so that they provide guidance to the project. More likely, there will be some policies available, but not in the form of a comprehensive urban and transportation policy. In these cases, the challenge is to take what already exists and adapt/complete it as required. In some cases there may be a lack of usable policy, either because there is no available policy or guidance, or because what exists is unrealistic or has become irrelevant over time.

Begin by identifying whether there are any existing policy statements and/or documents. These could include:

  • Government policy papers, including the NUTP
  • City/regional policy papers
  • White papers
  • Inter-departmental and inter-agency committee statements

At this stage, the focus should not only be on bus services, or even on transportation. It should include:

  • Urban development
  • Transportation and transport services
  • Traffic and traffic management
  • Social equity
  • Macro-level environment and energy (e.g. fossil fuels and emissions)
  • Local environment and community
  • Fiscal policy
  • Markets and competition
  • City development and image

For each policy statement or document, establish:

  • Policy owner(s), and/or who developed/approved them
  • Their legal and political status
  • Their timeframe and whether they are still deemed current
  • Explicit goals and objectives
  • Whether they were followed up with actions, supporting regulations etc.

Bring these together in a working document. As part of the Goal Development Process, identify which Policy Objectives are still relevant, which are achievable within the planning timeframe.

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