A Framework for Megaregion Analysis: Development and Proof of Concept

Sponsors

Federal Highway Administration 

Partner

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • ECONorthwest
  • University of Illinois
  • Federal Highway Administration

 

Overview

In many parts of the world megaregions, large agglomerations of metropolitan areas and their supporting hinterlands, represent an emerging development pattern. Examples in North America include the Northeast corridor in the United States covering Boston, MA to Richmond, VA and the industrial areas of the United States and Canada surrounding the Great Lakes. One challenge is to determine how to foster greater efficiencies in these megaregions by creating a stronger infrastructure and technology backbone in the Nation’s surface transportation system. To function effectively, and to allocate scarce resources to infrastructure investment, megaregions must not only understand their relationships with other megaregions, but must also understand their own region’s internal economic flows and the interactions between these flows and the transportation system.
Analytic methods are needed to address these issues at the megaregion level. This report first proposes an analytic framework for analyzing megaregion issues, then develops a proof of concept application of the framework to the Chesapeake megaregion (CM).

Contact: Frederick Ducca

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