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.
  • 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.
  • Next Generation Scenario Planning: a Transportation Practitioner's Guide   NEW!
    This report profiles the next generation of scenario planning for transportation practitioners. It provides a summary of the history, key benefits and driving issues that warrant a scenario-based approach. It includes a framework for scoping a scenario planning process tailored to specific issues and local agency capacity. It also illustrates the different considerations associated with conducting a scenario planning process based on variable future orientations: what is likely to happen (probable), what we want to happen (desirable) and what could happen (uncertain). Finally, it walks through the six-phase scenario planning process and highlights key considerations practitioners should consider when developing and implementing a scenario-based process. The report also includes profiles of recent scenario planning efforts from across the United States.
  • Performance-Based Planning and Programming Roundtable Series Summary   NEW!
    This document summarizes the ideas raised at seven peer-exchange roundtables on performance-based planning and programming held throughout 2016 by FTA in partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
  • 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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