The Rural and Small Community Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about
transportation planning in rural and small communities on the
website. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events,
upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
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.
Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) - A multi-faceted organization bringing together
partners from all levels of government as well as private for profit and non-profit organizations
to address the needs of rural America.
The Rural Information Center (RIC) - Contains over 3,000 links to current and reliable
information on a wide variety of rural resources and funding sources, including RIC's Database,Federal
Funding Sources for Rural Areas Database.
- Developed under partnership between the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the
National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), this is a web-based resource tool
for rural transportation stakeholders, including local elected officials and regional development
Rural Transportation Tool Box
- Part of a partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and the U.S. DOT concerning
long-term agricultural transportation, rural passenger and freight mobility challenges.
United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) Briefing Rooms - Each briefing room
offers an in-depth discussion synthesizing ERS research and the economic issues that frame
the analysis. Also included are recent ERS research developments, readings and data, questions
and answers, and a collection of other ERS products and services addressing the issue. There
is a wealth of valuable information for anyone working in rural and small communities.
Bank: Rural Transport Group - The mission of the Rural Transport group is to improve the
effectiveness and sustainability of rural transport investments by harnessing the knowledge
of transport professionals and exploiting synergies through strategic networking with related
For more information about the TPCB program, contact Michelle Noch at FHWA (202-366-9206) or John Sprowls at FTA (202-366-5362).