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Mission & Core Values

 Vision | Mission | Goals | Objectives  


The vision and mission of the Institute was developed through the various meetings. The T&DI Task Committee reviewed and refined the vision for the Institute. As a result, the initial vision was restated as follows:

The Institute will be a global leader for integrated transportation and development that is safe, secure and sustainable. 


Similarly, the mission statement commits the Institute to a high ideal:

The mission of the Institute is:

  1. Unite the disciplines of planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and research in support of sustainable transportation and development;
  2. Provide communication , education, and collaboration to enhance the professional knowldge, and skills of its members so that they may help to improve the quality of life;
  3. Bring together engineers, planners, industry representatives, citizen groups, developers, public officials, and others dedicated to improving transportation, and fostering appropriate development decisions at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels;
  4. Advance the state-of-the-art and state-of the-practice; and
  5. Enhance the welfare and status of transportation and development professionals.

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To achieve its Mission the Institute will:

Promote professional excellence in all aspects of transportation engineering and urban planning and development.

  • Foster education and professional development in T&DI.
  • Partner with external domestic and international organizations.
  • Partner with ASCE Sections and Branches.
  • Outreach to policy matters, K-12, college and graduate students and general public.
  • Influence transportation, land use, and urban and regional development policy and serve as a legislative/congressional resource.
  • Quickly respond to issues related to transportation and community development.
  • Promote and encourage T&DI's operating units to develop revenue surplus generating activities to increase funds available for institute activities.
  • Recognize and reward excellence.
  • Develop and disseminate appropriate standards for transportation and development systems.
  • Establish (Solidify) a clear institute identity and promote awareness of who we are.
  • Develop stategies to increase membership, both corporate and individual
  • Increase involvement in state-of-the-art technologies and practices.
  • Disseminate information through sharing information, technology, and practices, vertically and horizontally, using print and electronic media. 

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While the existing divisions have pursued many of these objectives, the formation of the Institute will enable more focused and coordinated attention. For example, many sections have transportation specialty groups but have found it difficult to connect with three technical divisions at the national level (Highway, Urban Transportation and Air Transport). The Institute will have a single contact point for sections that will provide support and identify common issues or concerns.

The objectives are organized by goal:

Professional excellence | Multidisciplinary collaboration | Inter-institutional catalyst | Cooperation with other organizations
Diverse, empowered membership | Spectrum of services | Quick response | Sound finances | Legislative Policy  

1. Professional excellence:

  • Promote the advancement of knowledge in transportation and land development.
  • Promote sound engineering and planning philosophies and professional practices that recognize community and global goals for sustainability, environmental sensitivity, livability and safety.
  • Identify and prioritize present and emerging research needs.
  • Advance the state of technology through research, development and accelerated introduction and use of innovative practices, designs and technologies.
  • Disseminate timely information on research, practice and policy innovations.
  • Develop and publish standards, guidelines, manuals, and other materials for professional practice and certification.
  • Develop guidelines for accrediting university transportation, development and planning curricula and mid-career professional training in cooperation with accrediting associations.

2. Multidisciplinary collaboration:

  • Commit to productive professional discussions and information sharing for policies, systems and projects related to transportation and land development.
  • Sponsor multidisciplinary professional conferences, forums, and other outreach activities.
  • Publish multidisciplinary journals and electronic resources.

3. Inter-institutional catalyst:

  • Take a leadership role in defining and discussing issues related to transportation and land development.
  • Organize Institute members to respond to important policy issues.
  • Use the media to promote public awareness of the importance of balanced, environmentally sensitive, and sustainable land use development and transportation.

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4. Cooperation with other organizations:

  • Recognize the significant, though focused, roles played by a range of professional organizations in transportation and in regional and community land development.
  • Inform other professional organizations of Institute goals and activities.
  • Discuss cooperative opportunities for conferences, publications and projects.
  • Increase cooperation among industry, consultants, academia, and government agencies.

5. Diverse, empowered membership:

  • Promote active member participation and provide leadership opportunities.
  • Recruit members from a variety of disciplines including engineering, planning, education, policy-making, and others who are stakeholders in transportation infrastructure and land development.
  • Recruit international, national, and local members.
  • Link activities between ASCE sections, branches and the Institute through formal (i.e., a standing committee) and informal mechanisms.
  • Recognize outstanding achievements and service of Institute members.

6. Spectrum of services:

  • Provide opportunities for Institute members to share information, practices and technology.
  • Plan and organize professional development courses, workshops, and specialty conferences.
  • Identify and provide other needed professional services for Institute members.
  • Provide transportation and land development information and services to general ASCE membership and members of other professional organizations, and the public.
  • Provide for specialty certification in the fields of transportation and development.

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7. Quick response:

  • Identify emerging issues and proactively develop Institute policy and activities.
  • Facilitate the presentation of specialty conferences and workshops on emerging issues.
  • Streamline Institute management procedures.

8. Sound finances:

  • Promote break-even and revenue generating activities.
  • Invest in worthy Institute activities in support of member needs.
  • Seek external partnerships to leverage resources and revenues.
  • Develop a sound, accessible database for managing Institute resources.

9. Legislative Policy

  • Influence transportation, land use, and urban and regional development policies at the local, national and international levels.
  • Serve as a legislative resource. 

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