Rural and Small Community Planning
The Rural and Small Community Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about
transportation planning in rural and small communities on the
website. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events,
upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about the transportation projects that affect your life? How do government officials decide where to put a bus stop, road, or bridge? How are these and other transportation projects planned? And how can you make sure your opinions are heard and considered by residents, planners, designers, and elected officials?
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created this guide to answer these and other transportation project-related questions. We hope this guide will help you understand how transportation decisions are made at the local, State, and national levels; and that you will take advantage of the opportunities provided to contribute your ideas. We believe that the better the public understands the transportation decisionmaking process, the more certain it is that the transportation system will be safe and efficient, and that the planning process will be responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment.
A revised version of this guide was published in April 2015.
Integrating Safety in the Rural Transportation Planning Process
Rural areas consistently experience higher numbers of crash-related fatalities and serious injuries than urban areas. Regional planning organizations (RPO) are poised to assist state departments of transportation (DOT) and local officials in addressing the safety needs in nonmetropolitan areas in accordance with statewide safety goals. RPOs in general engage in a planning process to understand the regional issues and needs, and identify strategies to address them through coordination with regional stakeholders. The opportunity exists to incorporate safety into this existing process. This Technical Report provides methods for integrating safety into each step of the RPO planning and programming process, to assist in addressing rural roads multimodal safety needs.
Model Long-Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning
This Guidebook informs State DOTs, MPOs, and RPOs, as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan. This document identifies key components present in a "model" transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system.
Non-Metropolitan Local Officials
Consultation - The webpage describes the role of non-metropolitan local officials
in the statewide transportation planning process.
- The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues
(the "Briefing Book") - The "Briefing Book" is a primer to help you better
understand Federal transportation planning regulations and requirements at the statewide and
metropolitan planning levels.
Click here to access a full list of
Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to rural and small community planning on
the TPCB website.
- Upcoming conferences and webinars related to rural and small community planning:
To browse all events on the TPCB website or to add new ones, please visit the
events calendar or the TPCB Resource Index.
The TPCB peer program is a free resource for agencies in need of transportation planning assistance.
Visit the peer program page to learn more or apply for a peer event.