Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-05. Practices for Statewide and MPO Coordination

Federal transportation legislation requires formalized coordination between state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in transportation planning and programming processes. DOTs have varying practices in implementing the 3C planning process (continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative) with their MPO partners. While coordination often happens through meetings and correspondence, effective coordination requires formal agreements, frequent communication, and practical strategies. The need for coordination has grown in light of new federal transportation planning requirements. The newest federal surface transportation funding reauthorization bill, referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL), continues the metropolitan transportation-planning program. Federal funding for multi-modal projects continues to flow through DOTs, with MPOs increasingly important in urbanized area transportation decision-making. The objective of this synthesis is to document current DOT practice related to coordinating planning and programming requirements with MPOs, as well as any common challenges with fulfilling regulatory requirements.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida

    4202 East Fowler Ave., FAO126
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kramer, Jeff

  • Start Date: 20220429
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845332
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-05
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 16 2022 6:47PM