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 TPCBwebsite. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.

Resources and Publications

  • Transportation Management Area Planning Certification Review Primer  UPDATED!
    Updated in 2018, this primer outlines key concepts and expectations of a Transportation Management Area (TMA) Planning Certification Review, and is available as a resource for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), public transportation operators, the general public, and other partners to prepare for their participation in a successful Certification Review.
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework, 3rd Edition   NEW!
    The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework (the Framework), third edition, is a manual to help transportation agencies and their partners assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure and systems to extreme weather and climate effects. It also can help agencies integrate climate adaptation considerations into transportation decisionmaking. The Framework provides an in-depth and structured process for conducting a vulnerability assessment. The Framework describes the primary steps involved in conducting a vulnerability assessment. For each step the Framework features examples from assessments conducted nationwide between 2010 and 2017 and includes links to related resources that practitioners can access for additional information.
  • MPO Staffing and Organizational Structures   NEW!
    This research report documents how MPOs have structured their organizations and allocated staff resources and expertise. It is an update to the 2010 report Staffing and Administrative Capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • FHWA White Paper: Integrating Resilience into the Transportation Planning Process   NEW!
    This white paper on the efforts of State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to integrate resilience into the transportation planning process builds on the findings of a literature review assessing the planning documents for 52 State DOTs and a selection of 101 MPOs. Key research questions sought to understand how these agencies are considering resilience in their transportation planning process, including their motivation for such considerations, how they are assessing hazards posing a threat to their transportation networks, how they are addressing such threats and vulnerabilities, and their projections for future plans and events. This report includes examples of agencies' efforts in order to better understand the current state of practice for resilience planning.
  • 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.

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