Focus Areas

Tribal Planning


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


Resources and Publications


  • Tribal Transportation Planning Module Training Series - The Tribal Transportation Planning Module Training Series provides modules for eight planning topics, designed to assist transportation professionals responsible for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs on Tribal lands.
  • FHWA's Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter- January 2019   NEW!
    FHWA's Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter provides transportation professionals with real-world examples of ways that multimodal transportation investments promote economic revitalization, provide access to jobs, and achieve safer communities through support of accelerated project delivery, technology and design innovation, and public/private partnerships. This newsletter communicates FHWA and partner efforts in support of the USDOT Strategic Plan by improving connectivity, accessibility, safety, and convenience for all users.
  • 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.
  • Community Connections Innovations Handbook   NEW!
    This publication is for States, MPOs, local and tribal governments, and other transportation practitioners includes a toolbox for advancing Community Connections considerations in the transportation planning, project development, and design processes. The toolbox describes existing analytical tools, public involvement strategies, planning and design techniques, and operational improvements that can be used to implement Community Connections. The Handbook includes 16 case studies highlighting projects in urban, suburban, and rural communities where Community Connections considerations have been successfully applied.
  • Tribal Transportation Planning Financial Assistance - The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning offers free technical assistance on policy, program, and technical issues to State, local and tribal transportation agencies.
  • Case Studies of State, MPO, And Tribal Coordination in Transportation Planning - These case studies highlight innovative consultation practices between tribes, States, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) within the transportation planning process.
  • Consultation and Public Involvement Statutory/Regulatory Requirements: Working with Tribes within the Statewide/Metropolitan Transportation Planning Processes - This document describes the actions and statutory requirements for working with Tribes.
  • Tribal Transportation Best Practices Guidebook - This guidebook highlights best practices in tribal transportation.

Click here to access a full list of Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to tribal 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


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