Transit at the Table
In order for transit to play a meaningful role in creating sustainable transportation systems,
transit agencies have to become more meaningful and pro-active partners in the Federal transportation
planning and programming process. In order to get transit at the table (i.e., included in
plans, funded, and built), transit agencies must first make their way to the table and actively
participate in transportation decision-making. Recognizing that this may not be a traditional
role for many transit agencies, the FTA sponsored a series of publications, supported by peer
events and roundtables, called "Transit at the Table" that identifies ways for transit
agencies to effectively participate in metropolitan and statewide transportation planning.
Private Operators at the Table
Private transportation operators can – and should - play an important role in the transportation planning process by
providing their expertise and offering their ideas and suggestions to a community’s vision for mobility.
Unfortunately, in many communities private transportation providers are not involved in the transportation
planning process. This guidebook offers important information on the transportation planning processes to provide
private transportation operators with a working knowledge so they are aware of the potential benefits of being
involved and can identify potential opportunities for their involvement.
Transit at the Table III
Explores how transit agencies in non-urbanized and rural areas can be more effective partners with state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other entities in the statewide transportation planning and programming process.
Transit at the Table I - Explores how transit agencies in
larger metropolitan areas (more than 200,000 in population) could be more effective partners
with MPOs in the metropolitan transportation planning and programming process.
Eight states have case studies for Transit at the Table III. Click on a highlighted state
to read that case study.
- Transit at the Table II - Explores
how transit agencies in smaller metropolitan areas (populations between 50,000 and 200,000)
could be more effective partners with MPOs in the metropolitan transportation planning and
- Transit at the Table III - View the
text-only version of Transit at the Table III. You can also view the report by section:
Chapter 1 -
Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 -
Chapter 4 - Appendix A
- Appendix B -
- Upcoming conferences and webinars related to Transit at the Table:
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.
For more information about the TPCB program, contact Michelle Noch
at FHWA (202-366-9206)
or John Sprowls
at FTA (202-366-5362).