Project Prioritization: Regional Transportation Planning Activities

RPOs conduct a variety of planning activities as part of their rural transportation work programs.  Most of the regional planning activities consider multiple modes, with the most common modes being highways and bridges, bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and public and human services transportation.  However, some regions do consider ports, rail, aviation, and intermodal passenger and freight in their planning efforts as well, depending on the nature of their planning contract with the state DOT and the facilities that exist in the region.  The most common activities frequently occur in support of the state DOT’s processes to develop the statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) or long-range transportation plan.  These activities include:

  • Public involvement, 87 percent
  • Technical assistance to local governments, 85 percent
  • Facilitating rural local official participation in the statewide planning process, 78 percent
  • Transportation enhancements, 77 percent
  • Develop a regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) or provide local priorities for consideration in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), 71 percent
  • Safe Routes to School, 61 percent
  • Develop a rural long-range plan, 57 percent
  • Bike/ped safety, 55 percent
  • Human services transportation planning, 55 percent
  • Public transportation planning, 52 percent
  • Data collection, 48 percent
  • GPS points and GIS mapping support, 46 percent
  • Land use planning, 46 percent

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