State DOT and MPO Planning Coordination: Enhancing the 2016 Regional Models of Cooperation Handbook

In 2016, the Federal Highway Administration published the Regional Models of Cooperation Handbook. Since then, additional efforts necessitate cooperation between state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and specify that transportation plans must be consistent with other plans. These plans, in addition to transportation systems development, include land use, employment, economic development, human and natural environment (including Section 4(f) properties), and housing and community development. As state DOTs and MPOs bring new stakeholders into the transportation planning and programming processes, there are corresponding increases in conflicting viewpoints or desired outcomes. A typical response is the transportation plans either reference the other plans or provide cursory acknowledgment of the other plans. As a result, opportunities to further integrate or harmonize transportation planning and programming documents are becoming more complex and more necessary. The objective of this research is to update the 2016 Regional Models of Cooperation Handbook to increase the integration of planning and programming among state DOTs and MPOs from cooperation to coordination and collaboration. In addition, recommendations and proven methods will be identified for state DOTs and MPOs to simplify partnership and collaboration to unify statewide and metropolitan plans and programs. Examples, recommendations, and proven methods will be identified for state DOTs, MPOs, and designated transit unding recipients to cooperate during transportation planning and programming.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-179

  • 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: 20230828
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01883933
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-179
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 30 2023 7:38PM