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Guidance on Financial Planning and Fiscal Constraint for Transportation Plans and Programs

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Memorandum
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Subject: Guidance on Financial Planning and Fiscal Constraint for Transportation Plans and Programs Date: April 17, 2009
From: Gloria Shepherd, Associate Administrator
Planning, Environment and Realty, FHWA
Reply to
Attn. of :

HEPP-10
To: Division Administrators, Division Engineers and Division Planners

The purpose of this message is to forward to you the recently completed guidance on Financial Planning and Fiscal Constraint for Transportation Plans and Programs. Fiscal constraint of Metropolitan Transportation Plans and Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs is a cornerstone of the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning Final Rule issued on February 14, 2007. Fiscal constraint has been with us since the passage of the ISTEA in 1991 and has been continued with the passage of each subsequent transportation act, up to and including the passage of SAFETEA-LU on August 10, 2005.

This guidance is in a question and answer format. It is intended to provide non-binding information on financial planning and fiscal constraint as part of transportation plan and program development. It does not establish additional prescriptive mandates; rather, it outlines the wide range of transportation planning and programming processes and practices undertaken by state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and public transportation operators, and offers a range of options under a variety of circumstances.

We welcome any comments or questions you might have on the guidance. Please contact your assigned headquarters Planning Oversight and Stewardship Liaison with any comments or questions you may have or contact Harlan Miller, Harlan.Miller@dot.gov, at (202) 366-0847.

Updated: 12/03/2012
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