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

  • Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities   NEW!
    This document addresses a specific type of shared street user--pedestrians with vision disabilities. It reviews notable practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets. This document is not a comprehensive guide to shared street design and planning. For example, it does not discuss the history and theory of shared street design, drainage, parking, or other relevant issues except as they pertain to pedestrians with vision disabilities. It focuses on streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles are intended to mix in the same space rather than streets that lack curbs but are not intended to encourage this mixing, such as curbless streets (see 2.2 Shared Streets vs. Curbless Streets).
  • How to Develop and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan   NEW!
    This report will assist agencies in developing and implementing a safety action plan to improve conditions for bicycling and walking. The plan lays out a vision for improving safety, examining existing conditions, and using a data-driven approach to match safety programs and improvements with demonstrated safety concerns. This guide will help agencies enhance their existing safety programs and activities, including identifying safety concerns and selecting optimal solutions. It will also serve as a reference for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety through a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to safety, including street designs and countermeasures, policies, and behavioral programs.
  • A Right to the Road Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety   NEW!
    The Governors’ Highway Safety Association has released a report that analyzes bicyclist fatal crash data resulting from a collision with a motor vehicle to identify changes in trend lines associated with who is being killed, when and where those crashes are more likely to occur, and why those crashes occur.
  • 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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