Focus Areas

Statewide Transportation Planning


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


Resources and Publications


  • Trends in Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plans: Core and Emerging Topics in 2017   NEW!
    This report synthesizes key findings and trends from the 2017 Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP) Database, which represents key observations identified through a review of all 52 SLRTPs and Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs) published as of December 31, 2016. The research analyzed SLTRPs and STIPs to provide examples of individual States’ approaches to incorporating important transportation planning topics and trends into their plans, highlighting planning topics addressed in innovative or noteworthy ways. The research team found diversity in the approach, content, and emphasis of SLTRPs, with plans varying by structure, initiatives and goals, topics addressed, and horizon date. Analyses also revealed consistency among the SLRTPs. For example, the majority of plans referenced multiple modes and the overarching policies, goals, or visions guiding decision-making, and many plans referenced Federal planning factors and financial planning or analysis. This report is intended to be a technical resource for DOTs, statewide planners, and their partners to aid in developing and managing planning programs as they update their SLRTPs by highlight examples of approaches taken by their peers and providing insights to the content, structure, and approach of SLRTPs nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Asset Sustainability Index: A Proposed Measure for Long-Term Performance - This report examines the concept of asset sustainability metrics. Such metrics address the long-term performance of highway assets based upon expected expenditure levels. It examines how such metrics are used in Australia, Britain and the private sector.

    A quick reference guide of the Asset Sustainability document can be found here.
  • Federal Aid Essentials for Local Agencies - A web-based resource to help local agency professionals navigate the Federal-aid Highway Program
  • View the Briefing Book State Long Range Transportation Database and accompanying Synthesis Report - The searchable database contains information from a review of long-range transportation plans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The database presents information on how individual plans address ten different transportation planning topics. The accompanying report provides analysis from the review and summarizes detailed findings on eight topics: 1) plan types, 2) implementation, 3) guiding principles, strategies, and objectives, 4) performance measures, 5) financial planning and analysis, 6) systems planning, 7) livability and sustainability, and 8) climate change. The database was updated in 2012 to include information from 15 plans that were amended or updated since publication of the first database in 2010. A brief review of key themes and trends from the amended or updated plans is presented here. The synthesis report was produced in 2010 and thus does not include information on the 15 amended or updated plans.
  • Statewideplanning.org - An American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Planning website that identifies and shares resources and best practices on statewide transportation planning practice.
  • 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 statewide 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

For more information about the TPCB program, please email TPCB@dot.gov.

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