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.
  • Developing a Transportation Safety Plan Module   NEW!
    This training module--part of FHWA's Tribal Transportation Planning Module Training Series--provides a brief overview of how to conduct transportation safety planning and develop Transportation Safety Plans.
  • A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking   NEW!
    Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about the transportation projects that affect your life? How do government officials decide where to put a bus stop, road, or bridge? How are these and other transportation projects planned? And how can you make sure your opinions are heard and considered by residents, planners, designers, and elected officials? The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created this guide to answer these and other transportation project-related questions. We hope this guide will help you understand how transportation decisions are made at the local, State, and national levels; and that you will take advantage of the opportunities provided to contribute your ideas. We believe that the better the public understands the transportation decisionmaking process, the more certain it is that the transportation system will be safe and efficient, and that the planning process will be responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment. A revised version of this guide was published in April 2015.
  • Environmental Review Toolkit: Guidance for Tribal Consultation in the Section 106 process   NEW!
    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes. This special relationship is affirmed in treaties, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders, and provides that FHWA and other Federal agencies consult with Tribes regarding policy and regulatory matters. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) also requires that FHWA consult with Tribes for undertakings that may affect properties considered to have traditional religious and cultural significance. This tribal issues page provides information on tribal consultation and coordination, examples of streamlining initiatives, and links to various resources related to Tribes and historic preservation.
  • 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


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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