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Research Report 3 is an extension of the remarks made in prior reports about the methods and techniques that underlie sustainable transport decisions are fully applicable for this report:
Three states of usage of methods and techniques in decision-making are pertinent to this sustainable transport project, and are illustrated by the following questions:
• Which methods and techniques are used?
• Which methods and techniques could be used?
• Which methods and techniques should be used?
The focus of the three research reports done for Transport Canada is on the methods and techniques that could be used in making decisions about identifying, adopting, and implementing sustainable transport practices. It is further intended that the survey results and the research reports contribute to the basis of a rational, substantive, and grounded discourse on the fundamental question, “Which methods and techniques should be used?”
Since the intent of the research reports is to present an indicative overview of methods and techniques that could be used in making decisions about sustainable transport practices, it is suggested that the 19 commentaries serve that purpose.
Further, it appears fair to say that the 19 commentaries not only provide an overview of considerable scope, they provide a sound basis for extending the commentary approach to other methods and techniques.
For municipal governments that want to compare the methods and techniques that are used by their organizations for sustainable transport decisions with those that could be used, the sampler of commentaries in Research Report 3 may contain materials of interest.
Similarly, citizens, advocacy groups, business groups, and senior levels of government may also want to better understand the state of decision making about sustainable transport in municipal governments.
The commentaries in Research Report 3 are among the elements that could be included in a performance measurement index, framework, or system that examines, and compares and contrasts how municipal governments make, and could make, decisions about identifying, adopting, and implementing sustainable transport practices.