This report was prepared by John Overman and Linda K. Cherrington of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), a part of The Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M Research Foundation was the contractor for the study. Numerous individuals contributed to this project. Casey Toycen and Tina Collier of TTI provided assistance in conducting interviews. David Kuehn served as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) staff liaison for the project and provided guidance and ongoing support during the study.
Staff at metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and state departments of transportation and other agencies offered information on the practices and first hand experiences of incorporating rapidly urbanizing rural areas in the metropolitan planning process in their states and areas. The following individuals provided background on the history of planning activities to incorporate rural areas into the metropolitan planning process and information on the current organizational structures and significant activities within their agencies: In Florida: Howard Glassman, MPO Advisory Council, Noble Olasimbo and T.J. Fish, Lake-Sumter MPO, Jeff Kramer, Center for Urban Transportation Research; in Georgia: Bill Allen, Dalton Whitfield MPO, Barry L. Tarter and Larry Vanden Bosch, North Georgia Regional Development Center; in Idaho and Washington State: Glenn Miles, Kootenai MPO and Spokane Regional Transportation Council, Ed Hayes, Spokane Regional Transportation Council, and Scott Stokes, Idaho Transportation Department; in Kentucky: John Matheney and Lance Meredith, Bowling Green MPO; in Utah: Lowell Elmer, Dixie MPO and John Williams, Five County Association of Governments; and in Texas: Ed Collins, Texas Department of Transportation, Maureen McCoy Daniel and Stevie Greathouse, Capital Area MPO, and Betty Voights, Capital Area Council of Governments. The assistance of all these individuals is both recognized and greatly appreciated. Representatives of various FHWA division offices reviewed the draft case studies and provided critiques on the factual information cited.