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The Urban Partnership Agreement: A Comparative Study of Technology and Collaboration in Transportation Policy Implementation

John M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, Melissa M. Stone, Emily Saunoi-Sandgren, Anders S. Imboden
April 2011
Report no. CTS 11-07


The problems faced by today's public managers are often too large to be solved by a single entity and require collaboration across government, nonprofit, and business sectors. As new technologies and systematic approaches transform the transportation field, cross-sector collaboration has become an increasingly important policy development and implementation approach. Particularly within the transportation field, an assemblage of technologies is often critical to implementing system-wide strategies aimed at, for example, mitigating traffic congestion. In many cases, designers and implementers of effective transportation policies must combine a variety of technologies with deft relationship building and management. Through the development of comparative case studies of three of the Urban Partnership Agreement initiatives, this research study will examine how technology and collaborative processes may be combined to achieve important transportation goals and create public value more generally.

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