2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards
Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration
Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association and Transportation Research Board
The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program is a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and co-sponsored by the American Planning Association. The program provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding transportation planning practices performed by planners and decision makers in communities across the country. Award winners will be recognized by receiving a commemorative plaque and participating in an awards ceremony.
Plans, projects, or planning processes can be included in one or more of the following categories: Asset Management; Education and Training; Emergency Management and Transportation Security Planning; Environmental and Transportation Planning Linkages; Freight Planning; Land-Use and Transportation Linkages; Livability/Sustainability; Modeling and Technology Applications; Operations and Planning Linkages; Planning Leadership; Public Involvement and Outreach; Rural and Small Communities Planning; Safety Planning, and Tribal Transportation Planning.
Who is Eligible?
- Anyone may nominate an individual or organization that used Federal FHWA/FTA funding to develop a plan, project, or planning process that demonstrates excellence in planning.
- You may nominate yourself or another individual or organization.
- The plan, project, or planning process must have been completed within the past three years, as evidenced by actions such as formal adoption by a government agency, completion of a built project, incorporation into a TIP, STIP, or City Plan, or other similar action.
- Plans, projects or planning processes can be in one or more of these categories.
How are submissions judged for the TPEA Program Awards?
The TPEA team of judges from a diverse set of planning backgrounds will judge the nominations on the following criteria:
- Community, Public Involvement, and Partnerships: How did this project successfully engage the community in the planning process? Was this program created as a collaborative effort? Are public and private partners still at the table?
- Context Sensitive Solutions: How does the effort demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contexts (local, regional, etc.)? How does the project or process create effective transportation solutions, while preserving and enhancing community and natural environments?
- Innovation and Effectiveness: What innovative approaches were used? What has been the result of these efforts? How are results being measured?
- Equity: What initiatives have been undertaken to ensure that efforts of this project are implemented in an equitable manner and impacts to individual and underserved (minority and low income) communities are minimized?
- Implementation and Implementation Strategy: Has any part of the planned transportation-related project, plan, idea, model, design, or policy been executed to its final stages?
- Multimodalism: To what extent do these efforts efficiently address safe multimodal transportation options, including bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and automobile?
- Potential for Long-Term Benefits: What provisions have been used to ensure the long-term viability of this effort?
"Best of the Best" Criteria
One 2015 TPEA recipient will be selected to attend the 2015 APA National Conference in Seattle, WA. This recipient will receive recognition at the APA Conference during the program awards ceremony. This recipient selected for this one unique category will demonstrate the “best of the best” qualities which set it apart from the other TPEA Program award recipients.
To determine the selected award recipient, judges will consider the following criteria in their recommendation:
- Represents a Holistic Approach to Planning
- The recipient exhibits a thorough, holistic approach to a transportation planning activity or activities, as well as provides well-defined and comprehensive examples that incorporate a variety of transportation planning elements and considerations. The project embodies the TPEA Program’s mission of recognizing excellence in planning.
- Demonstrates an Innovative or Novel Approach to a Critical Issue
- The recipient demonstrates the successful application of new ideas or methods to address or resolve a significant transportation planning issue and serves as a strong best practice example for other agencies facing the same or similar issue. Project leads may have extensive experience in providing information about the project’s innovative approach to stakeholders interested in the project’s best practices through a range of information-sharing forums, including presentations at stakeholder meetings, workshops, webinars, and/or conferences.
- Provides Significant Benefits to Transportation Users
- The recipient positively impacts transportation users and enhances various aspects of the transportation system in both the short and long-term.
- Exemplifies a Commitment to Collaboration
- The recipient showcases a continued commitment to collaboration throughout the project lifecycle. The project represents input and feedback from a variety of relevant partners and stakeholders.