Statewide Transportation Planning
The Statewide Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for recources about the statewide
transportation planning process on the
TPCB website. It inclues links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent
peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
STIP State of the Practice Review: Development and Use of Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs
This report examines the state of the practice in the development and use of statewide transportation improvement programs (STIPs) by state departments of transportation (State DOTs). It includes the results of a scan of all 52 publically-available STIPs as of January 2014, a more detailed analysis of 14 STIPs which were selected as a group representing varying styles and techniques, and a discussion of three general descriptive models for understanding how ways in which State DOTs
develop and use STIPs in the statewide transportation planning process both to meet regulatory requirements and to support broad agency goals such as communicating information to the public and performance-based planning and programming. The report features numerous illustrative examples of STIP practices from the 14 STIPs selected for more detailed analysis and summarizes potential future advancements in STIPs as “food for thought” in a theoretical “Enhanced STIP” model.
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.
The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision makers, Officials, and Staff
The Briefing Notebook is a primer for transportation decisionmakers and stakeholders. It provides government officials, planning board members, transportation service providers, and the public at large with an overview of transportation planning in metropolitan settings. Along with a basic understanding of the key concepts, the notebook provides references for additional information. Part I discusses transportation planning and its relationship to decisionmaking. Part II presents short descriptions of key products that are prepared as part of the transportation planning process. This book was updated in 2015 to reflect recent changes in Federal legislation.
- Asset Sustainability Index: A
Proposed Measure for Long-Term Performance - This report examines the concept of asset sustainability metrics. Such metrics address the
long-term performance of highway assets based upon expected expenditure levels. It examines
how such metrics are used in Australia, Britain and the private sector.
A quick reference guide of the Asset Sustainability document can be found here.
- Federal Aid Essentials for
Local Agencies - A web-based resource to help local agency professionals navigate the
Federal-aid Highway Program
State Long Range Transportation Database and accompanying Synthesis Report - The searchable database contains information
from a review of long-range transportation plans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The database presents information on how individual plans address ten different transportation
planning topics. The accompanying report provides analysis from the review and summarizes
detailed findings on eight topics: 1) plan types, 2) implementation, 3) guiding principles,
strategies, and objectives, 4) performance measures, 5) financial planning and analysis, 6)
systems planning, 7) livability and sustainability, and 8) climate change. The database was
updated in 2012 to include information from 15 plans that were amended or updated since publication
of the first database in 2010. A brief review of key themes and trends from the amended or
updated plans is presented here. The synthesis report
was produced in 2010 and thus does not include information on the 15 amended or updated plans.
- Statewideplanning.org - An American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Planning website that identifies and shares resources and best practices on statewide
transportation planning practice.
- 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 statewide planning on the TPCB website.
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.