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Collaborative Planning Initiative
Memorandum of Understanding

Between

Federal Transit Administration
Region VII
And

Federal Highway Administration
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Division Offices

FTA Region VII, FHWA Missouri, FHWA Iowa,
FHWA Nebraska, FHWA Kansas
Collaborative Planning Initiative
Memorandum of Understanding

Purpose

A joint September 2, 2003 memorandum from Federal Highway Administrator Peters and Federal Transit Administrator set forth a proposal to develop plans for collaboration initiatives in transportation planning. As a result, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration field and headquarters staff participated in several teleconferences and developed national guidelines for a joint Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration National Memorandum of Understanding. This effort established a mechanism through which the Federal Transit Administration Region VII Office (hereinafter referred to as FTA) and the Federal Highway Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Division Offices (hereinafter referred to as FHWA) can further improve coordination and service delivery mechanisms. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FTA and FHWA outlines general operating procedures for reviewing and processing required metropolitan and statewide planning products and processes.

Background

Sections 134 and 135 of Title 23 U.S.C. establish Federal requirements for metropolitan and statewide transportation planning 23 CFR Parts 420 and 450 and 49 CFR Part 613 describe FTA and FHWA oversight responsibilities with regard to the Metropolitan and Statewide planning products and processes.

Products of the planning process covered by this agreement include the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Metropolitan Long Range Transportation Plan, the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, and Transportation Air Quality Conformity Determinations for designated Air Quality non-attainment and maintenance areas. Planning Process Oversight activities covered by this agreement include the Planning Finding, Transportation Management Area (TMA) Planning Certification Reviews, non-TMA urbanized area planning management reviews, non-urbanized area planning reviews and "mid-year meeting" type activities.

Underlying Principles of Agreement

The following principles of intent apply to the development and execution of each element of this agreement:

Products of the Process Requiring FTA/FHWA Approval Procedures

Products of the process procedures apply to: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and amendments, the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and Air Quality Conformity Determination for designated Air Quality non-attainment and maintenance areas.

Products of the Process Required but not Approved by FTA/FHWA

Although FTA/FHWA do not approve the Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP), the timely adoption of a compliant LRTP is crucial as a basis for the FTA/FHWA to issue approval of STEPs and to make air quality conformity determinations. This MOU emphasizes the importance of timely FTA and FBI WA review.

Oversight Activities

This MOU sets standards for the Planning Findings, TMA Planning Certification Reviews and other planning reviews, Mid-Year Meeting Activities and Region FTA/FHWA Coordination Meetings.

Duration of Agreement

This agreement is considered to be a guide for current and future FTA and FHWA staff. Its intent is to document and refine the current effective collaborative planning process practices in use between the FTA Regional and FBI WA Division offices in Region VII and to facilitate good customer service in the federal management of the metropolitan and statewide planning processes. This agreement is also intended to be a living agreement and should be modified as needed in the future.

Mokhtee Ahmad
Regional Administrator
FTA Region VII

Date: June 8, 2004

Allen Masuda
Division Administrator
FHWA Missouri Division

Date: May 26, 2004

Philip E. Barnes
Division Administrator
FHWA Iowa Division

Date: May 25, 2004

William M. Brownell
Division Administrator
FHWA Nebraska Division

Date: June 3, 2004

J. Michael Bowen, P. E.
Division Administrator
FHWA Kansas Division

Date: June 2, 2004

 

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