Challenges of developing Transport Master Plan

Ana Rigo, Igor Majstorović, Željko Stepan

Last modified: 2024-05-06


A transport master plan is a strategic document that aims to achieve an efficient and sustainable transport system that is in line with the needs of the economy and residents in the study area. A master plan represents a strategic foundation for all future transport projects, which speeds up preparation and increases the probability of their funding from European funds or other sources of financing. Methodologically, the development of a transport master plan involves data collection, traffic surveys research, traffic model development, transport system analysis and assessment, definition transport system development objectives definition, and finding measures that achieve the set objectives.
So far, a dozen transport master plans have been developed in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, covering the area of single functional region (multiple counties), county or city. The paper presents a comparison as well as a critical review of developed transport master plans. Special accent is placed on the methodology for the development of the traffic model, as a basic tool for the transport system analysis and testing the scenarios for the future transport system development. The paper emphasizes the need to involve all stakeholders and interested public through the whole process of developing master plan.


traffic masterplan; traffic model; traffic planning; hypothesis analysis

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