Metropolitan Transportation Planning
The Metropolitan Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about the metropolitan transportation planning
process on the TPCB website. It includes links to publications,
legislation and guidance, recent peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
Model Long-Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning
This Guidebook informs State DOTs, MPOs, and RPOs, as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan. This document identifies key components present in a "model" transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system.
A Multi-Modal Approach to Economic Development in the Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning Process
This white paper provides a review of research and current practices of integrating economic development goals in metropolitan area transportation planning. The information presented is intended to serve as a technical resource for transportation planners, clarifying essential economic development concepts and how peer practitioners can address these concepts in the metropolitan area transportation planning process. The first section summarizes research on essential economic development attributes and analytic methods drawn from a broad range of sources, including empirical and analytical research. This summary provides the context for the second section, which is a review of several best practice examples chosen to demonstrate how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are successfully incorporating economic development goals in planning and decision-making.
Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries
This research completed by Volpe Center for FHWA examines how RPOs and rural interests are integral partners in transportation planning efforts for megaregions and explores methods for their participation. It expands upon on-going initiatives by the FHWA Office of Planning on Megaregion and Multi – Jurisdictional Planning.
- Best Planning Practices: Metropolitan Transportation Plans
- Federal Aid Essentials for Local Agencies - A web-based
resource to help local agency professionals navigate the Federal-aid Highway Program
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Database - This database contains the names, locations,
and key contact information for all 384 MPOs and all 155 Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in the nation, current
with the 2000 Decennial Census.
- Staffing and Administrative Capacity of Metropolitan Planning
- The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues (the "Briefing Book")
- The "Briefing Book" is a primer to help you better understand Federal transportation planning regulations and
requirements at the statewide and metropolitan planning levels.
Click here to access a full list of Legislation, Regulations,
and Guidance related to metropolitan planning on the TPCB website.
- Upcoming conferences and webinars related to metropolitan transportation planning:
To browse all events on the TPCB website or to add new ones, please visit the 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.