Training & Technical Assistance

The Federal Planning Administration (FTA) sponsors several organizations which were created to provide technical assistance to Federal, state and local jurisdictions and public transit providers and operators. The National Transit Institute and the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) were designed to provide technical training and promote the exchange of valuable information related to the planning, design, operation and management of transportation resources between industry professionals, agency leaders and their staffs and other organizations.

Information and technical assistance is also provided by staff in the ten FTA Regional Offices and FTA Headquarters staff in the form of informational and technical conferences, webinars and publications.

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Transportation Planning Implications of Transportation Management Area Designations

This webinar describes the transportation planning activities required in transportation management areas (TMAs), anticipated outcomes, and the procedural steps to be taken by transit providers, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and States to ensure that the new and changed planning responsibilities are met timely and effectively.

National Transit Institute

The National Transit Institute was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) to develop, promote, and deliver training and education programs for the public transit industry and other transportation professionals and stakeholders.

Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program

The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program is designed to help decision makers, transportation officials, and staff resolve the increasingly complex issues they face when addressing transportation needs in their communities.

TPCB Webinar: Transportation Planning Implications of Census Urbanized Area Designations

This Urbanized Designations Webinar (PDF) describes changes brought by the 2010 Census on the transportation planning activities of new urbanized areas, and identifies key procedural steps for transit service providers, MPOs, and States.

Transit Cooperative Research Program

The Transit Cooperative Research Program ia an FTA-funded organization dedicated to practical and applicable public transportation-related research.

MPO Certification Review Primer

This joint FTA-FHWA primer provides a basic understanding of the key concepts and expectations addressed through a certification review, along with references to pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and other resources.

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) conducts research in problem areas that affect highway planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance nationwide.

National Highway Institute

The National Highway Institute (NHI), a division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), works to improve the performance of the transportation industry through classroom-based and online learning as well as free Web-based seminars and other training materials.

FHWA MAP-21 Fact Sheet: Training and Education

FHWA fact sheet on the training and education programs in MAP-21.

NTI Online Course: State and Metropolitan Transportation Programming

This National Transit Institute (NTI) online course is a condensed version of the NTI course of the same name, which provides instruction on the basic concepts, components, and participants in the transportation programming (TIP/STIP) process.

NTI Course: State and Metropolitan Transportation Programming

National Transit Institute (NTI) course providing instruction on the basic concepts, components, and participants in the transportation programming (TIP/STIP) process.

NTI Course: Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking

National Transit Institute (NTI) course designed to provide an overview of public involvement techniques strategies.

NTI Webinar: Friends, Fans, and Followers: How Transit Agencies Use Social Media

This webinar presented the findings from TCRP Synthesis 99, Uses of Social Media in Public Transportation. The report explores use of social media among transit agencies in the United States and Canada.

NTI Course: Introduction to Metropolitan Transportation Planning

National Transit Institute (NTI) course providing a general introduction and overview of the metropolitan transportation planning process.

NTI Course: Financial Planning in Transportation

National Transit Institute (NTI) course on financial planning and fiscal constraint.

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.

Traffic Assignment and Feedback Research to Support Improved Travel Forecasting

This research investigated the current traffic assignment and feedback practices in US MPO models, identified deficiencies, and recommended remedial action.