The Tribal Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about tribal transportation
planning, consultation, and coordination on the
TPCB website. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent
peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about the transportation projects that affect your life? How do government officials decide where to put a bus stop, road, or bridge? How are these and other transportation projects planned? And how can you make sure your opinions are heard and considered by residents, planners, designers, and elected officials?
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created this guide to answer these and other transportation project-related questions. We hope this guide will help you understand how transportation decisions are made at the local, State, and national levels; and that you will take advantage of the opportunities provided to contribute your ideas. We believe that the better the public understands the transportation decisionmaking process, the more certain it is that the transportation system will be safe and efficient, and that the planning process will be responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment.
A revised version of this guide was published in April 2015.
Environmental Review Toolkit: Guidance for Tribal Consultation in the Section 106 process
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes. This special relationship is affirmed in treaties, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders, and provides that FHWA and other Federal agencies consult with Tribes regarding policy and regulatory matters. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) also requires that FHWA consult with Tribes for undertakings that may affect properties considered to have traditional religious and cultural significance. This tribal issues page provides information on tribal consultation and coordination, examples of streamlining initiatives, and links to various resources related to Tribes and historic preservation.
Emergency Preparedness Handbook for Tribal Governments
Many Native American tribal governments are lacking in emergency preparedness, a part of the emergency management cycle where planning for disasters happens. These governments need assistance planning for future disasters. Federal, and state governments, along with other agencies and organizations, have the knowledge and resources to help tribal governments develop emergency response plans.
This handbook is a resource to help tribes develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan for responding to natural and man-made disasters if and when they occur.
- Tribal Transportation Planning Financial Assistance - The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning offers free technical assistance on policy,
program, and technical issues to State, local and tribal transportation agencies.
- Case Studies of
State, MPO, And Tribal Coordination in Transportation Planning - These case studies highlight
innovative consultation practices between tribes, States, and metropolitan planning organizations
(MPOs) within the transportation planning process.
Consultation and Public Involvement Statutory/Regulatory
Requirements: Working with Tribes within the Statewide/Metropolitan Transportation Planning
Processes - This document describes the actions and statutory requirements for working
- Tribal Transportation
Best Practices Guidebook - This guidebook highlights best practices in tribal transportation.
- Tribal Transportation Planning Module Training Series - The Tribal Transportation Planning Module Training Series provides
modules for eight planning topics, designed to assist transportation professionals responsible
for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs on Tribal lands.
Click here to access a full list of
Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to tribal planning on the TPCB website.
- Upcoming conferences and webinars related to tribal 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.
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Tribal
Transportation - FHWA works in a government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribal
Governments. FHWA has a Tribal Transportation Program Coordinator that coordinates with FHWA
headquarters and field offices in the federal-aid and federal lands highway programs.
- Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation
Planning - The FHWA Tribal Transportation Planning Program delivers products and services
that provide information, training, and technical assistance to the transportation professionals
responsible for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs on tribal lands.
On this website, you will find planning news, regulations, policies, training information,
technical resources, and contact information.
- Federal Lands Indian Reservation Roads/Bridges
(IRR) Program - The IRR Program addresses transportation needs of tribes by providing
funds for planning, designing, construction, and maintenance activities. The program is jointly
administered by FHWA's Federal Lands Highway Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
in accordance with an interagency agreement.
- Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) Tribal Transit Program - This webpage provides information about
funding and training associated with tribal transit planning and service provision.
- Indian Reservation Roads Program, Transportation
Planning Procedures and Guidelines
Tribes and Transportation E-Handbook - Transportation Planning and Area Transportation
Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Native American Transportation Issues (ABE80)
U.S. DOT Resources for Tribes and Tribal Governments