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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.

Resources and Publications


  • Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects   NEW!
    This report highlights climate change adaptation actions that transportation agencies around the world are already pursuing and articulates a growing set of best practices for implementing adaptation. The report also discusses strategies, examples, and best practices for evaluating the costs and benefits of adaptation. The purpose of the report is to provide transportation practitioners with a guide to the current "state of practice" in this field. Since many transit agencies have actively pursued adaptation strategies, this report also covers relevant adaptation initiatives from transit agencies.
  • Private Operators at the Table   NEW!
    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   NEW!
    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.
  • Map of the U.S.
    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 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.
  • 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 programming process.
  • 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 - Appendix C
    Discussion Guides

Calendar of Events

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Peer Event Reports

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.

Related Websites and Organizations

Georgia Case Study South Carolina Case Study Case Study PA Case Study MN Case Study ME Case Study AZ Case Study WA Case Study IA
For more information about the TPCB program, contact Michelle Noch at FHWA (202-366-9206) or John Sprowls at FTA (202-366-5362).

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