Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process

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There are two recent publications that may be helpful to State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and transit agencies who are working to better understand climate change and its potential impacts on transportation planning.

• The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published a Special Report 290 entitled “Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation” which is a comprehensive report that makes findings and recommendations relevant to transportation planning and future operational consideration. The report can be found at:

• Federal Highway Administration has also completed a report on this subject entitled: “Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process.” This study examines the transportation planning at the federal, state and regional levels and provides examples of how various jurisdictions have started to accommodate climate change considerations into their planning process including relevant citations of federal law and regulations. The report can be found at:

Both studies refer to best planning practices from Washington State and Oregon and potential impacts on Pacific Northwest States, especially Alaska so we recommend that you add these publications to your resource library. Depending on your planning update cycle and state and local legislation, your organization may need to bring these factors into your outreach with the public, environmental review of capital projects and long term transportation plans.

For further information, please contact Community Planner Ned Conroy in Region 10 at 206-220-4318 or


/s/ Linda Gehrke for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator