Guided by former senior practitioners and experienced researchers, the program has completed numerous research projects in the areas of corridor management and preservation, DOT/local coordination in the land development process, and preserving the functionality/asset value of highways. In each of these efforts, the program has developed guidebooks and outreach workshops as a means to coordinate DOT and local planning policies and activities. Since 2005, the program has conducted over 45 outreach workshops on CM and CP and DOT/local involvement in land development process throughout the state of Texas.
Researchers in the Transportation Planning program have extensive experience in corridor management (CM), corridor preservation (CP), and other important transportation planning activities that coordinate transportation and land development. Defined, CM is the management of land development in concert with roadway design, access control, and traffic operations along an existing transportation corridor, while CP is the practice of acquiring, preserving, or protecting right-of-way (ROW) needed for a future transportation corridor. Both CM and CP include ROW acquisition and protection and require coordinated application of state and local plans, regulations, and authority.