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Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries

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June 2014

Prepared for:
U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty
Federal Highway Administration

Prepared by:
U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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11-06-2014

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3. DATES COVERED (From - To)

July 2012 - June 2014

4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE

ROLE OF REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

5a. CONTRACT NUMBER

5b. GRANT NUMBER

5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER

6. AUTHOR(S)

Haley Peckett, David Daddio, William Lyons

5d. PROJECT NUMBER

HW2LA3

5e. TASK NUMBER

MJ216

5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER

7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES)

U.S. Department of Transportation

Research and Innovative Technology Administration

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

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REPORT NUMBER

DOT-VNTSC-FHWA-14-08

9. SPONSORING/MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES)

Federal Highway Administration, Office of Planning

U.S. Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20590

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FHWA-HEP-14-043

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No restrictions

13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES

FHWA Project Contact: Fred Bowers, Community Planner, Office of Planning, Phone: 202-366-2374

14. ABSTRACT

The Volpe Center conducted research for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning that explores the implications of Regional Planning Organizations (RPO) engaging in transportation planning partnerships and projects of megaregions significance. The research assesses the benefits of this participation to rural areas and to their State and metropolitan partners, specifically in the areas of economic development, freight, and natural resources. Considering the limited resources of RPO staff, the research describes the institutional barriers to entry for RPOs in cross-regional transportation planning and considers partnerships that may lead to greater involvement in megaregions initiatives. Through three case studies, the paper outlines the benefits for rural areas, including economic and transportation benefits, and suggests recommendations and best practices for RPOs to consider in partnering with metropolitan planning organizations and State Departments of Transportation. The recommendations also

demonstrate how transportation planning can be the mechanism to support rural participation in plans and projects at a megaregions

15. SUBJECT TERMS

Megaregions, rural, transportation planning, economic development, freight, natural resources, regional planning organization

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61

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Fred Bowers, FHWA

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202-366-2374

Acknowledgments

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, prepared this white paper. The Volpe project team was led by Haley Peckett of the Transportation Planning Division and comprised of David Daddio and William Lyons of the Transportation Planning Division. Mr. Lyons also manages best practices in transportation planning research for the FHWA Office of Planning.

The white paper and other resources related to transportation planning research and megaregions are posted on the FHWA Megaregions and Multi-Jurisdictional Planning website (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/Planning/megaregions/) and the FHWA-FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building website (http://www.planning.dot.gov/).

The Volpe project team wishes to thank Fred Bowers, the FHWA project manager, for his guidance and support in developing this white paper. The team also thanks the reviewers at FHWA Headquarters for their time and expertise in reviewing the document and the FHWA Division Offices for their coordination and support of their respective States' case studies. In addition, the project team extends thanks to colleagues at the National Association of Development Organizations and the National Association of Regional Councils who provided valuable input on rural transportation planning and case study selection.

Lastly, and without whom this paper could not have been developed, the project team thanks the regional planning organizations and their partners that participated in the development of this white paper and their staff who graciously shared their time, knowledge, guidance, and experience:

Randy Heiss, SouthEastern Arizona Association of Governments

Denise McClafferty, Lora Mwaniki-Lyman, Dennis Smith, and Tim Strow, Maricopa Association of Governments

Sean Dey (former Director) and Erin Kuhn, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

Page Scott, Yakima Valley Council of Governments

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