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. It is unclear how agencies have adapted to and implemented the evolving requirements following recent changes to legislation. While communication often happens through meetings and correspondence, effective coordination requires practical strategies to resolve key differences. The newest federal surface transportation funding reauthorization bill is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA), recently signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021, and now referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL). The BIL replaced the previous long-term highway fund reauthorization act, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) of 2015. Both Acts continued the metropolitan transportation planning program where federal funding for highway and transit projects continues to flow through state DOTs, with MPOs having an increasingly important role in urbanized area transportation decision-making. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT current practices 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

  • Start Date: 20220531
  • 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 3:04PM