Focus Areas

Metropolitan Transportation Planning


The Metropolitan Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about the metropolitan transportation planning process on the TPCB website. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.

Resources and Publications

  • Traffic Impacts of Bicycle Facilities   NEW!
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a report that details interactions between vehicles and bicyclists to facilitate the safe, efficient design of transportation systems. Methods included a review of design guidelines for bicycle facilities, and observations of bicycle-vehicle interactions at roadways with different types of bicycle facilities.
  • Evaluation Study of the Bike Share Program in Fargo, North Dakota   NEW!
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University (NDSU) has released a report that investigates the effectiveness of the Great Rides Bike Share program that was launched in 2015. The research examines user opinions on the bike share program, analyzes demand for the bike share program, studies the impact of the program on NDSU student travel behavior and shifts in mode shares, analyzes the livability benefits from the bike share program, and analyzes origin-destination trip data to understand the user trips patterns and needs.
  • Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Guidebook on Planning and Managing Park-and-Ride   NEW!
    TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Report 192: Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Guidebook on Planning and Managing Park-and-Ride provides approaches to managing park-and-ride facilities, from developing the park-and-ride concept for a community to day-to-day management. Key themes include design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of these facilities. Supplementing the report is TCRP Web-Only Document 69: Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Research Report and Transit Agency Case Studies.
  • Best Planning Practices: Metropolitan Transportation Plans
  • Federal Aid Essentials for Local Agencies - A web-based resource to help local agency professionals navigate the Federal-aid Highway Program
  • Search to the MPO DatabaseMetropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Database - This database contains the names, locations, and key contact information for all 384 MPOs and all 155 Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in the nation, current with the 2000 Decennial Census.
  • Staffing and Administrative Capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues (the "Briefing Book") - The "Briefing Book" is a primer to help you better understand Federal transportation planning regulations and requirements at the statewide and metropolitan planning levels.

Click here to access a full list of Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to metropolitan planning on the TPCB website.

Calendar of Events

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Peer Event Reports

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.

Related Websites and Organizations

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