Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Transportation Planning Capacity Building
FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) initiatives assist state and local decision makers in addressing complex transportation issues by providing information and resources on improving and enhancing many aspects of transportation planning programs and activities.
Climate Change and Transportation
The FHWA has created a website that presents the results of research with the intention of advancing the practice and application of transportation planning among state, regional, and local transportation planning agencies to successfully meet growing concerns about the relationship between transportation and climate change.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Human and Natural Environment, promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation accessibility, use, and safety.
Safe Routes To School (SRTS)
The purpose of the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Program is to empower communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. Through funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program (see below) and other eligible funding sources, the SRTS program supports a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that allow and encourage children to walk and bicycle safely and conveniently to school. While not specifically addressed through this program, decisions about where to locate new schools or renovate existing schools, particularly in more traditional, walkable neighborhoods, can have an enormous impact on facilitating the likelihood of students walking or biking to school.
Access management is the proactive management of vehicular access points to land parcels adjacent to all manner of roadways. Access management encompasses a set of techniques that state and local governments can use to control access to highways, major arterials, and other roadways. The benefits of access management include improved movement of traffic, reduced crashes, and fewer vehicle conflicts.
Transportation Alternatives Program
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21 authorized new provisions effective October 1, 2012, for Federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The Transportation Enhancement (TE) Activities have been replaced by the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Some of the activities eligible to receive TAP funds include: bicycle and pedestrian facilities, Safe Route to Schools programs, converting former limited access freeways to pedestrian-friendly boulevards, and "rails to trails" projects. For more detailed information, TAP Guidance to access guidance on TAP funding and eligible activities.
Current TE activities remain eligible for TE funds that were previously apportioned until the TE funds are obligated, rescinded, or lapsed. If you have specific questions about the transition from TE to the TAP in your State, please contact your State TE Program Manager.
Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.
Scenario Planning provides a framework for developing a shared vision for the future by analyzing various forces (e.g., health, transportation, economic, environmental, land use, etc.) that affect the community. The website provides noteworthy practices and innovative uses of Scenario Planning applications for transportation planning, and will allow you to explore other Scenario Planning resources.
Visualization in Planning
Visualization in Planning has advanced recently due to new technology in communication processes. Providing visual images to a broader audience has become easy, fast and of high quality. Visualization can provide the public and decision makers a clear idea of the proposed policies, plans and Transportation Improvement Programs and the impacts to the human and natural environment. Visuals can make information instantly or intuitively understandable. The new technology has made it possible to visually communicate what the proposals may look like if and when implemented.
Tools and Analytical Methods
Integrating Health and Physical Activity
Linking Land Use, Environmental Issues, and Transportation in Project Development
Public Involvement, Engagement, and Participation
In the transportation decision-making process, public involvement is a key component of integrating land use and transportation issues. FHWA's role in this arena includes:
Transportation System Management and Operations