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


  • The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision makers, Officials, and Staff   NEW!
    The Briefing Notebook is a primer for transportation decisionmakers and stakeholders. It provides government officials, planning board members, transportation service providers, and the public at large with an overview of transportation planning in metropolitan settings. Along with a basic understanding of the key concepts, the notebook provides references for additional information. Part I discusses transportation planning and its relationship to decisionmaking. Part II presents short descriptions of key products that are prepared as part of the transportation planning process. This book was updated in 2015 to reflect recent changes in Federal legislation.
  • Accessible Transit Services For All   NEW!
    The FTA report presents successful strategies for providing ADA-compliant paratransit. Featuring an assessment of ADA paratransit service design models, as well as an in-depth analysis of procurement and contracting practices, the report also identifies operational practices that can enhance service quality and cost efficiency, and successful examples of alternative, inclusive service designs that can provide improved transportation for all riders.
  • Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decisionmaking   NEW!
    Quality planning and project development require meaningful input from the public. Many members of the public are genuinely interested in what is happening in their community but do not know how they can effectively provide input to influence the outcome of a transportation plan or project. How does a transportation agency grab and hold the public’s interest in a project or plan and convince people that active involvement is worthwhile? How does an agency provide the means for the public to have direct and meaningful impacts on decisions? This guide provides a variety of tools to secure meaningful input from the public on transportation plans, programs, and projects—and it can help agencies improve their overall public involvement techniques.
  • 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

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

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, contact Michelle Noch at FHWA (202-366-9206) or Tonya Holland at FTA (202-493-0283).

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