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FHWA's State Practices Used to Report Local Area Travel
A FHWA report that provides survey information on promising and innovative State practices used to estimate local area travel in rural, small urban, and urbanized areas. The report may be useful to MPO and state planners.
How to Engage Low-Literacy and Limited-English-Proficiency Populations in Transportation Decision-making
An FHWA report that documents best practices in identifying and engaging low-literacy and limited-English-proficiency populations in transportation decisionmaking. The booklet also provides outreach techniques for these populations.
Surface Transportation Policy Partnership Report and Guidebook: Using the Federal Transportation Law to Meet the Mobility Needs of your Community
One of two reports on Federal transportation law released by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP) in 2006. The Workshop Report describes key findings from the STPP Partners workshop series, which were held in seven locations from January - June 2006.
Transportation Planning and Asset Management
As transportation planners and metropolitan planning organizations evaluate current system conditions and alternate future scenarios to make informed decisions on allocating resources, they must balance funding realities with mobility needs; public expectations; and community, legislative, and environmental considerations. Transportation asset management provides a valuable tool to maximize system performance, improve customer satisfaction, and minimize life-cycle costs. (August 2006)
FTA Office of Planning site for Planning Statutes and Regulations
FTA Office of Planning website with detailed information on the federal laws, regulations, and guidance pertaining to transportation planning.
SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing SAFETEA-LU Provisions Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for FHWA Authorities
FHWA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.
SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing Key SAFETEA-LU Provisions on Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for Joint FHWA/FTA Authorities
FHWA/FTA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.
SAFETEA-LU: Transition and Implementation of SAFETEA-LU Planning Provisions
This link provides additional "clarifying information/guidance" on the transition and implementation of the SAFETEA-LU planning provisions.
A Guide to Metropolitan Planning Under ISTEA
A Guide to Metropolitan Planning Under ISTEA provides a framework for linking the various elements of ISTEA and the transportation planning process together in a comprehensive manner as well as information, suggestions, and examples of ways to carry out the metropolitan planning process. (Report No: FHWA-PD-95-03)
Transportation Management Area Planning Certification Review Primer
This primer provides a basic understanding of the key concepts and expectations addressed through a review, along with references to pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and other resources.
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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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