Focus Areas
 

Transit at the Table


In order for transit to play a meaningful role in creating sustainable transportation systems, transit agencies have to become more meaningful and pro-active partners in the Federal transportation planning and programming process. In order to get transit at the table (i.e., included in plans, funded, and built), transit agencies must first make their way to the table and actively participate in transportation decision-making. Recognizing that this may not be a traditional role for many transit agencies, the FTA sponsored a series of publications, supported by peer events and roundtables, called "Transit at the Table" that identifies ways for transit agencies to effectively participate in metropolitan and statewide transportation planning.

Resources and Publications


  • FHWA Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity   NEW!
    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.
  • Integrating Shared Mobility into Multimodal Transportation Planning   NEW!
    The paper provides a framework for conceptualizing shared mobility as part of the regional transportation planning process, describes opportunities and challenges associated with shared mobility planning and examples of how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local governments, transit agencies, and others are integrating shared mobility into their work.
  • Transportation Management Area Planning Certification Review Primer (Updated)   NEW!
    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.
  • Map of the U.S.
    Eight states have case studies for Transit at the Table III. Click on a highlighted state to read that case study.
    Transit at the Table I - Explores how transit agencies in larger metropolitan areas (more than 200,000 in population) could be more effective partners with MPOs in the metropolitan transportation planning and programming process.
  • Transit at the Table II - Explores how transit agencies in smaller metropolitan areas (populations between 50,000 and 200,000) could be more effective partners with MPOs in the metropolitan transportation planning and programming process.
  • Transit at the Table III - View the text-only version of Transit at the Table III. You can also view the report by section:
    Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Appendix A - Appendix B - Appendix C
    Discussion Guides

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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

Georgia Case Study South Carolina Case Study Case Study PA Case Study MN Case Study ME Case Study AZ Case Study WA Case Study IA
For more information about the TPCB program, please email TPCB@dot.gov.

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