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TPCB | Transportation Planning Capacity Building



The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program is designed to help decision makers, transportation officials, and staff resolve the increasingly complex issues they face when addressing transportation needs in their communities. This comprehensive program for training, technical assistance, and support targets State, local, regional, and Tribal governments, transit operators, and community leaders.


Since 2001, the aim of the TPCB program has been to foster a more comprehensive, integrated, and interdisciplinary view of transportation planning, and to support planners as they carry out the work of implementing the transportation planning process. TPCB helps transportation planning agencies and practitioners to advance the state of the practice in order to achieve better planning outcomes.

The TPCB program is jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. TPCB provides support to practitioners in state, metropolitan, rural, and Tribal planning settings. The program seeks to enhance understanding of Federally-defined transportation planning processes and professionals’ roles within the process, strengthen skills in planning and consensus building, and disseminate examples of effective planning practices.

The TPCB program achieves its goals through a variety of activities, including:

  • Mobilizing and connecting stakeholders through in-person technical assistance and peer learning events such as Peer Exchanges and workshops
  • Building knowledge and sharing information through the TPCB website, which provides stakeholders with transportation planning tools, guidance, and resources
  • Offering expert insight on current planning priorities and topics through regularly scheduled webinars
  • Providing custom analysis and in-depth studies on specific planning topics and challenges

Contact Us

Mike Barry
GIS Specialist/Transportation Specialist
Phone: 202-366-3286