Statewide & Non-Metropolitan Planning

Federal planning law (49 U.S.C. 5304) requires each State to cooperate with local officials in non-metropolitan areas to develop a long-range statewide transportation plan and statewide transportation improvement program (STIP). These planning and programming documents are developed through a continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative (3C) process carried out on a statewide basis and coordinated with the metropolitan panning processes of the State. With respect to nonmetropolitan areas, the statewide transportation plan must be developed in cooperation with affected nonmetropolitan officials with responsibility for transportation or, if applicable, through regional transportation planning organizations (RTPO). Funding is available from FTA to support statewide and non-metropolitan planning through 49 U.S.C. 5305(e). The planning programs are jointly administered by FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which provides additional funding.


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Long Range Statewide Transportation Plan


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Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

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FTA Tribal Transit Program

MAP-21 authorizes the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program for Fiscal Years 2013-14 with a $25 million formula program and a $5 million discretionary grant program subject to the availability of appropriations.

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program Tribal website

The Tribal Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for resources about tribal transportation planning, consultation, and coordination on the FHWA Transportation Planning Capacity Building website.

FHWA Tribal Coordination in Transportation Planning Case Studies

The FHWA Tribal Transportation Planning Program delivers products and services that provide information, training, and technical assistance to the transportation professionals responsible for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs on Tribal lands.

Transportation Planning Newsletter

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Resource Center, the FHWA Office of Planning, and the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) Office of Planning and Environment, regularly publish the Transportation Planning Update Newsletter which highlights important transportation planning activities occurring within both agencies and with our stakeholders and partners.

Statute icon U.S. Code Title 49, Chapter 53 - Public Transportation

This is the public transportation section of U.S. Code. The Metropolitan Transportation Planning statute is found at Section 5303; Statewide Transportation Planning is found at Section 5304; and Planning Programs are found at Section 5305. The Metro and Statewide Planning sections are identical to the corresponding sections of Federal Highways code, 23 U.S.C. 134 and 135.

Regulation icon 23 CFR 450 - Planning Assistance and Standards

Federal transportation planning regulations (this link goes to the highway version--the transit version, adopted by FTA at 49 CFR 613, is an identical copy which incorprates this section by reference).

Guidance icon FTA Circular 8100.1C - Program Guidance for Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants

FTA program guidance for metropolitan planning and state planning and research program grants.

NTI Course: Introduction to Statewide Transportation Planning

National Transit Institute (NTI) course designed to provide an overview of the state transportation planning process, including tools, methods, and best practices.

TPCB Statewide Planning Process

The Statewide Planning focus area page is a one-stop shop for recources about the statewide transportation planning process on the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) website.

MAP-21 Fact Sheet: Metropolitan, Statewide, & Non-Metropolitan Planning

Brief FTA fact sheet on the planning provisions in MAP-21.

Planning for Transportation in Rural Areas

FHWA-FTA guide to transportation planning in rural areas.

Transit at the Table III: A Guide to Effective Participation in Statewide Decision-Making for Transit Agencies in Non-Urbanized Areas

The third of three Transit at the Table reports drawing upon case studies to identify processes, experiences, and results of transit participation in planning, this report focuses on transit participation in statewide planning in rural areas.

FHWA MAP-21 Fact Sheet: Statewide and Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning

FHWA fact sheet on the statewide and non-metropolitan planning provisions of MAP-21.

The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues - A Briefing Book for Transportation Decision-makers, Officials, and Staff

Click here to get information on key concepts in statewide and metropolitan transportation planning.