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2004 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

TPEA 2004 Award Winners - FHWA and FTA

A letter from

FHWA Administrator
Mary E. Peters

FTA Administrator
Jenna L. Dorn

Mary Peters

Jennifer Dorn

Congratulations to the winners of the 2004 Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration Transportation Planning Excellence Awards. We also applaud all of the wonderful projects that were nominated for these awards. We are pleased that this biennial awards program was cosponsored by the American Planning Association. These partnerships demonstrate the importance of working together to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan and implement innovative transportation planning practices.

We were pleasantly surprised by the number of responses that we received in the first year of this awards program. The panel of judges had an awesome task of reviewing nominations and selecting the best of over 220 submittals within 10 categories.

The criteria for reviewing these nominations included innovation, intermodalism, partnerships, sustainability, equity, demonstrated results, and replicability. The 2004 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards recipients went beyond the standard practices and incorporated truly innovative and extraordinary efforts into their transportation planning processes. The bar was set very high. Awards were not presented in all categories.

Award recipients were honored on July 25 during the 2004 Joint Summer Meeting of the Planning, Economic, Environmental, Finance, Freight and Management Committees of the Transportation Research Board in Park City, Utah.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all of the winners in the 2004 FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Excellence Awards. We appreciate your efforts to go the extra mile to ensure that your transportation plans, processes and products demonstrate excellence and reflect the needs of the communities that we serve. Thanks to you, we now have more examples of exemplary planning to share with communities across the country.

Mary E. Peters signature

Mary E. Peters
Federal Highway Administrator

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Jennifer L. Dorn
Federal Transit Administrator

About the Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration created the Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. The TPEA are co-sponsored by the American Planning Association. 2004 is the first year of this biennial awards program.

Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Categories

Although nominations are solicited in each category, awards are not necessarily presented in each category, at the discretion of the judging panel. A project or organization may be nominated simultaneously for more than one planning category; however, each nomination should speak specifically to the project's appropriateness for that category.

The Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by a panel of qualified and experienced judges from across the transportation profession. Each nomination is evaluated against a number of defined criteria:

In addition to satisfying these criteria, successful candidates must be superior within the specific category in which they are nominated.

"Planning It Safe" Safety Conscious Planning

To emphasize the importance of Safety Conscious Planning and give special recognition to those who are doing this work, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave "Planning It Safe" Safety Conscious Planning a special position within the 2004 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA).

While both safety and transportation planning have been around for years, not until the passage of TEA‑21 was integrating the consideration of safety into transportation planning at all levels considered essential. In the past, safety planning and transportation planning had their own advocates, processes, and dedicated funding, and were addressed separately by planners and specialists with differing agendas and goals.

Today, with the emergence of Safety Conscious Planning, we see them joining as one:

The concept of Safety Conscious Planning operates effectively in an environment where all planning agencies:

For the "Planning it Safe" Safety Conscious Planning category, a special panel of judges evaluated the nominees against the following criteria:

Updated: 07/23/2012
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