Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance on Financial Planning/Fiscal Constraint

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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.
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)
SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing SAFETEA-LU Provisions Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for FHWA Authorities
FHWA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.
SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing Key SAFETEA-LU Provisions on Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for Joint FHWA/FTA Authorities
FHWA/FTA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.
SAFETEA-LU: Transition and Implementation of SAFETEA-LU Planning Provisions
This link provides additional "clarifying information/guidance" on the transition and implementation of the SAFETEA-LU planning provisions.
Understanding the Communications and Information Needs of Elected Officials for Transportation Planning and Operations
The objective of this document is to enhance FHWA's communications capabilities and approaches with local elected officials (as well as senior appointed officials), with an emphasis on the linkages between transportation planning and transportation systems management and operations.
Final Rule on Indian Reservation Roads Program
This final rule establishes policies and procedures governing the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program. The IRR Program is a part of the Federal Lands Highway Program established to address transportation needs of tribes.
Federal Title 25- Indians, Chapter I-BIA, Department of the Interior, Subchapter H-Land and Water, Part 170 IRR Program
This part provides rules and a funding formula for the Department of the Interior (DOI) in implementing the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program.
Feasibility Study Procedural Guidelines
A guide to developing work statements for highway feasibility studies in which there are funds administered by the FHWA and to managing these funds.
Financing the Statewide Plan: A Guidebook
This guidebook is designed to answer questions such as: why should state departments of transportation develop a thorough financial planning process as part of their long-range plans? What should they contain? What strategies are there to bridge the ubiquitous gap between projected revenues and perceived needs? What are the pitfalls and success factors planners developing statewide, multimodal, long-range transportation plans should consider? State requirements for a financial component of the long-range planning process have been much less stringent than those for Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
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