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.
Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decisionmaking
Quality planning and project development require meaningful input from the public. Many members of the public are genuinely interested in what is happening in their community but do not know how they can effectively provide input to influence the outcome of a transportation plan or project. How does a transportation agency grab and hold the public’s interest in a project or plan and convince people that active involvement is worthwhile? How does an agency provide the means for the public to have direct and meaningful impacts on decisions? This guide provides a variety of tools to secure meaningful input from the public on transportation plans, programs, and projects—and it can help agencies improve their overall public involvement techniques.
Better Plans for Better Places: How the Sustainable Communities Initiative changed the way the country plans for a prosperous future
The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) represents the most comprehensive federal support for community and regional planning in recent history. Never before has the federal government provided funding for planning that spans the environmental, social and economic challenges facing our communities. This investment enabled people and organizations in 143 places, representing nearly 40 percent of the US population, to work together--across jurisdictions, sectors, all manner of old divides--in broad and deep coalitions toward ambitious goals of vibrant, healthy, livable communities. These diverse places--urban and rural, regions and neighborhoods, thriving and more challenged--were supported by a team of experienced organizations using innovative techniques to build community capacity in myriad ways. Their results will have lasting impacts for the 145 million residents living in grantee communities and beyond.
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.
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:
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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.