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Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities

Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities

This diagram shows the range of "traditional" (safety, air quality) and "emerging" (access to healthy destinations, active transportation) topics that constitute a comprehensive approach and explicit approach to health.
The holistic approach to considering
health in transportation planning.
This diagram shows the range of "traditional" (safety, air quality) and "emerging" (access to healthy destinations, active transportation) topics that constitute a comprehensive and explicit approach to health.

The white paper, "Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities," identifies integrated and flexible approaches to how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and their partners can successfully consider aspects of health during the transportation planning process. Based on research including four best practice studies, the white paper proposes a framework for MPOs and partners to use to integrate health into metropolitan area transportation planning. The report develops a comprehensive approach both to how MPOs can approach health as a direct, broadly-based goal for their interdisciplinary planning, and how they can consider health during all stages of the metropolitan area transportation planning process.

The white paper assesses how four MPOs are integrating consideration of public health benefits and impacts into on-going metropolitan area transportation planning and decision-making. The MPOs are the Nashville Area MPO in Tennessee, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) in the Seattle metropolitan area, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

The report also includes summaries of Federal and State regulations, policies, and funding programs that provide the foundation or context for MPOs nationwide to engage in health-related transportation planning; available technical tools; and applicable research and reports. The four MPOs featured in the best practice studies produce visible and significant results through connecting transportation planning activities to health considerations.

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Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities

The white paper, "Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities," will present insights and a flexible model for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision-making. It adapts the analysis and framework from the previous study on Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities to the context and needs of DOTs and their transportation and health partners. The study synthesizes trends, lessons, and opportunities based on case studies of DOTs and their partners in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

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Full White Paper to be posted soon.

For more information about the TPCB program, contact Michelle Noch at FHWA (202-366-9206) or John Sprowls at FTA (202-366-5362).

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