Related Transportation Programs/Activities
Integrating Health and Physical Activity
- US DOT research on how land use and transportation systems affect options available for physical activity.
- Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) on the connections between walking, bicycling, urban design, and healthy lifestyles.
Linking Land Use, Environmental Issues, and Transportation in Project Development
- Community Impact Assessment - An iterative process of understanding potential impacts of proposed transportation investments on communities.
- Planning and Environment Linkages - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have developed legal and program guidance on how information, analysis, and products from metropolitan and statewide transportation planning processes can be incorporated into and relied upon in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process under existing Federal statutes and regulations.
Public Involvement, Outreach, 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:
- Providing best practices in public involvement;
- Articulating the benefits of early and continuous public involvement;
- Providing training, peer exchanges, workshops and technical assistance; and
- Demonstrating public involvement strategies that have been effective with traditionally underserved populations.
Public Participation / Public Involvement
Public participation is more than just a hearing, or one meeting near the end of the project development process. Public involvement needs to be an early and continuing part of the transportation and project development process. It is essential that the project sponsor knows the community's values in order to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts, as well as to narrow the field of alternatives (for planning) and alignments (for projects).
Transportation System Management and Operations
- Linking transportation planning and operations improves transportation systems management and operations across a region and can reduce the demand for capacity expansion and reduce delay, congestion, and environmental impacts.