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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.
Guidebook on Statewide Travel Forecasting
This guidebook reviews the state-of-the-practice statewide travel forecasting. It focuses on those techniques that have been considered essential to good statewide travel forecasting. In addition, this guidebook presents specialized and advanced techniques of potential interest to persons involved in statewide travel forecasting.
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.
Rural Transportation Consultation Process (May 2000)
The National Academy for Public Administration, under contract to FHWA, studied the effectiveness of state consultations with local officials that occur during transportation planning and programs. This report discusses the history of relations between state and local officials and presents information on practices commonly used by the states during their consultations. The report also describes principles of effective consultation that could be used to help formulate and evaluate state practices.
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.
Non-Metropolitan Local Officials Consultation- TEA 21 Legislation
This FHWA website provides information and guidence on the TEA-21 legislation for non-metropolitan local officials. TEA-21 legislation provides for States to consult with and consider the concerns of non-metropolitan officials, when making transportation decisions in their Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming duties. The final rule on local official consultation was published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2003 with a correction to the final rule published on February 14, 2003. The final rule requires States to document their consultation process with non-metropolitan local officials that provides for their participation in statewide transportation planning and programming and that is separate and discrete from the public involvement process. The States are required to review and solicit comments regarding this process in order to ensure that the process is continually effective. All required States have documented and implemented their processes.
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.
For more information about the TPCB program, please email TPCB@dot.gov.

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