Rural and Small Community Planning
The Rural and Small Community Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about
transportation planning in rural and small communities on the
website. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events,
upcoming calendar events, and related websites.
- NEW Regional Transportation Planning Organization Fact Sheets. A Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) is an organization that identifies local transportation needs, conducts planning, assists local governments, and supports the statewide transportation planning process in non-metropolitan regions of a State. States are provided the opportunity to designate RTPOs as a method for formalizing the engagement of local officials as they incorporate rural transportation needs in the statewide transportation planning process. View each of the noteworthy practices fact sheets below to learn more about RTPOs.
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.
Return on Investment in Transportation Asset Management Systems and Practices
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 866: Return on Investment in Transportation Asset Management Systems and Practices explores how transportation agencies manage their transportation assets, and provides guidance for evaluating the return on investment for adopting or expanding transportation asset management systems in an agency.
As the term is most generally used, transportation asset management (TAM) entails the activities a transportation agency undertakes to develop and maintain the system of facilities and equipment—physical assets such as pavements, bridges, signs, signals, and the like—for which it is responsible. Based on the research team’s work and the experiences of these agencies and others, the researchers describe a methodology that an agency may use to assess their own experience and to plan their investments in TAM system development or acquisition.
A spreadsheet accompanies the research report helps agencies evaluate the return-on-investment of TAM systems.The tool allows users to summarize data from various simulation tools. The calculator also includes factors and procedures from the Highway Economic Requirements System State Version (HERS-ST) to estimate user benefits for pavement projects. It does not estimate user benefits for bridge projects.
Safety for All Users Report
This report was developed to satisfy Section 1442(b) of the FAST Act, which directs the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a report on the safe accommodation of all users of the surface transportation network, and to address additional guidance included in the Senate Report 114-243 under Nonmotorized User Safety.
Non-Metropolitan Local Officials
Consultation - The webpage describes the role of non-metropolitan local officials
in the statewide transportation planning process.
- 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 rural and small community planning on
the TPCB website.
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.