Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

The 2019 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards logo



The FHWA and FTA sponsor the biennial Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program that recognizes outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, strategize, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. The 2019 categories reflect the focus of the current administration’s priorities in the USDOT and FHWA Strategic Plans and will highlight the outstanding efforts from transportation organizations nationwide. The 2019 TPEA Program categories are:

Accelerating Planning and Project Delivery

  • Accelerates project delivery through notable practices in Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) by identifying issues early in the planning process to better inform the NEPA process
  • Improves the public’s understanding of the transportation decision-making process and the interaction between transportation and the human/natural environments
  • Promotes involvement of interested state, MPO, local, Tribal, transit, and/or Federal agencies as well as the public in the transportation process
  • Demonstrates commitment to improving multimodal networks and connectivity between, or among, transportation options
  • Fosters partnerships for investing in multimodal infrastructure and stimulating economic growth and productivity

Performance-Based Planning and Programming

  • Showcases planning agreements that are cooperatively developed and promote sharing information related to transportation performance data, the selection of performance targets, progress towards achieving performance targets, and the reporting of performance outcomes
  • Demonstrates innovative techniques and processes for communicating performance targets and performance management to the public
  • Demonstrates notable practices for evaluating asset management through system performance reports in long-range transportation plans
  • Integrates other performance-based plans and processes (such as the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, State Freight Plan, and others) and partners with multiple agencies to provide input into the statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes

Modeling and Technology Applications

  • Tackles challenges in the transportation industry such as capacity constraints, data collection, etc.
  • Incorporates current or new technologies and provides connections for underserved communities, including rural areas, to job centers through affordable and reliable transportation options.
  • Displays new ways to collect, integrate, and analyze travel data (including personal vehicle, shared mobility, transit, etc.) to improve transparency, encourage collaboration, and optimize system performance
  • Incorporates the collection of bicycle, pedestrian, and other emerging shared active transportation mode traffic data into the statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes

Innovative, Safe, and Efficient Movement of Goods

  • Incorporates current and new technologies that improve freight delivery methods such as last-mile connections and off-peak deliveries while increasing freight travel time reliability
  • Promotes innovative strategies that increase the efficient movement of freight by reducing bottlenecks and congestion
  • Demonstrates the use of multiple freight transportation modes and intermodal shipping when appropriate

Public Involvement and Outreach

  • Utilizes state-of-the-art resources and strategies in public engagement that go beyond traditional strategies and techniques to inform the planning process
  • Facilitates innovative outreach strategies to collect input from people who are not able to attend traditional public meetings
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