Legislation & Regulations
Planning Policy & Guidance
Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by Federal law (23 USC 134 and 135). Applicable state and local laws are required if Federal highway or transit funds are used for transportation investments. Federal planning regulations are codified in 23 CFR 450. The local consultation rule and the correction are available at the Office of Environment, Planning, and Realty's Legislation, Regulations, & Policy Web page.
- Non-Metropolitan Local Officials Consultation - TEA-21 legislation provides for States to consult with and consider the concerns of non-metropolitan officials when making transportation decisions in their Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming processes.
The Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2003, took effect on February 24, 2004.The Final Rule clarifies the role of non-metropolitan local officials in the statewide transportation planning process. The Final Rule requires the States to document their non-metropolitan local officials consultation process. These processes provide for the participation of non-metropolitan local officials in a statewide transportation planning and programming process and that is separate and discrete from the public involvement process.
The States are required to review and solicit comments regarding this process in order to ensure that the process is continually effective.The States and Puerto Rico have documented and implemented their consultation processes.
Local Officials Consultation - TEA-21 legislation provides for States to consult with and consider the concerns of non-metropolitan officials when making transportation decisions in their Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming processes.
- Highway Systems - FHWA regulations relating to the identification of federal-aid highways, functional classification of roads and streets, the designation of urban area boundaries, and the designation of routes on the Federal-aid highway system.
- May 2006 - The SAFETEA-LU Planning Provisions Workshop focused on discussing the new planning provisions with representatives from FHWA and sharing successful practices with the larger transportation community. This workshop provided an informative forum for participants to review the SAFETEA-LU requirements in detail and also provided participants the opportunity to discuss key issues and practices with other states. Transportation professionals were encouraged to share their best or innovative practices in the nine planning provision topic areas during breakout sessions. (PDF, 1.14 MB)