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.
- 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
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.
FHWA Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity
Building on the 2016 guidebook, this resource focuses on pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity and provides information on incorporating connectivity measures into state, metropolitan, and local transportation planning processes. Connectivity measures can help transportation practitioners identify high priority network gaps, implement cost-effective solutions that address multiple needs, optimize potential co-benefits, and measure the long-term impacts of strategic pedestrian and bicycle investments on goals such as improving safety, system efficiency, network performance, and access to key destinations. Toward that end, this resource should be used in conjunction with self-evaluation and transition plans to evaluate needs for pedestrians with disabilities.
White Paper: Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Highway Resilience
Natural systems play an important role in protecting built infrastructure along the coast. Healthy beaches, dunes, wetlands and other natural coastal ecosystems reduce the extreme forces of coastal storms. Thus, nature itself is a ‘model’ for coastal engineering resilience.
This white paper briefly describes the current state of practice regarding the use of nature-based coastal solutions in general and with specific emphasis on their use along coastal highways. It provides an overview of available tools for design, implementation challenges, and knowledge gaps.
This white paper is an initial attempt to frame the conversation about using nature-based solutions to improve coastal highway resilience. It was developed as part of an FHWA research effort and will be used to focus the discussion at a series of upcoming peer exchanges around the country on this topic. An implementation guide for nature-based solutions for coastal highways will then be developed.
- 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
Metropolitan 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
- 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.
- Upcoming conferences and webinars related to metropolitan transportation planning:
To browse all events on the TPCB website or to add new ones, please visit the events calendar or
the TPCB Resource Index.
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.