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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.
Rural Transportation Consultation Process (May 2000)
The National Academy for Public Administration, under contract to FHWA, studied the effectiveness of state consultations with local officials that occur during transportation planning and programs. This report discusses the history of relations between state and local officials and presents information on practices commonly used by the states during their consultations. The report also describes principles of effective consultation that could be used to help formulate and evaluate state practices.
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.
Non-Metropolitan Local Officials Consultation- TEA 21 Legislation
This FHWA website provides information and guidence on the TEA-21 legislation for non-metropolitan local officials. TEA-21 legislation provides for States to consult with and consider the concerns of non-metropolitan officials, when making transportation decisions in their Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming duties. The final rule on local official consultation was published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2003 with a correction to the final rule published on February 14, 2003. The final rule requires States to document their consultation process with non-metropolitan local officials that provides for their participation in statewide transportation planning and programming and that is separate and discrete from the public involvement process. The States are required to review and solicit comments regarding this process in order to ensure that the process is continually effective. All required States have documented and implemented their processes.
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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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