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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FHWA Report: Community Impact Assessment: A Quick Reference for Transportation   NEW!
    This publication is a handbook designed to provide information on how to conduct a community impact assessment in order to evaluate the effects of a transportation action on a community and its quality of life. The handbook is intended to help state DOTs, MPOs and other agencies or individuals involved in the project development process understand the possible approaches, data sources, and step-by-step procedures for conducting a community impact assessment. This update of the original 1996 publication "Community Impact Assessment: A Quick Reference for Transportation" has also been designed to reflect the growing importance of technology and an enhanced focus on the human environment.
  • 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.

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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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