Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance on Metropolitan Planning Level

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Memo Clarifying Guidance on Flexibilities in Fiscal Constraint
The purpose of this memo is to provide clarifying guidance on the flexibilities in fiscal constraint.
The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues: A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision-Makers Officials and Staff
This book provides government officials, transportation decisionmakers, planning board members, and transportation service providers with an overview of transportation planning. It contains a basic understanding of key concepts in statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, along with references for additional information. This book was updated in 2015 to reflect recent changes in Federal legislation.
Planning Emphasis Areas for Federal Fiscal Year 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) request that State DOTs and MPOs give priority to the following emphasis areas in their updated unified planning work programs (UPWP) and statewide planning and research programs: MAP-21 Implementation, Regional Models of Cooperation, and Ladders of Opportunity. These three priorities are included in Secretary Foxx's strategic objectives for the Surface Transportation Program.
A Guide To Federal-Aid Programs And Projects
This guide provides basic information about the Federal-Aid programs, projects, and other program characteristics. Much of the information provided in this guide was included in the FHWA's 1999 edition of the same publication. This publication updates information from the past document and includes information resulting from the latest multi-year Federal-Aid authorizing legislative act, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59).
Federal-aid Highway Program Policy & Guidance Center
The PGC provides a central location of laws, policies, and guidance about the Federal-aid Highway Program (FAHP), including legal documents, links to relevant legislation, memos, directives, and guidance to support the Federal Highway Administration's mission and goals
FHWA's State Practices Used to Report Local Area Travel
A FHWA report that provides survey information on promising and innovative State practices used to estimate local area travel in rural, small urban, and urbanized areas. The report may be useful to MPO and state planners.
How to Engage Low-Literacy and Limited-English-Proficiency Populations in Transportation Decision-making
An FHWA report that documents best practices in identifying and engaging low-literacy and limited-English-proficiency populations in transportation decisionmaking. The booklet also provides outreach techniques for these populations.
Surface Transportation Policy Partnership Report and Guidebook: Using the Federal Transportation Law to Meet the Mobility Needs of your Community
One of two reports on Federal transportation law released by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP) in 2006. The Workshop Report describes key findings from the STPP Partners workshop series, which were held in seven locations from January - June 2006.
Transportation Planning and Asset Management
As transportation planners and metropolitan planning organizations evaluate current system conditions and alternate future scenarios to make informed decisions on allocating resources, they must balance funding realities with mobility needs; public expectations; and community, legislative, and environmental considerations. Transportation asset management provides a valuable tool to maximize system performance, improve customer satisfaction, and minimize life-cycle costs. (August 2006)
FTA Office of Planning site for Planning Statutes and Regulations
FTA Office of Planning website with detailed information on the federal laws, regulations, and guidance pertaining to transportation planning.
For more information about the TPCB program, please email TPCB@dot.gov.

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