Skip to content
Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
HEP Events Guidance Publications Glossary Awards Contacts

Livability Initiative

What is Livability?

Photo of two children bicycling on multi use path
Figure 1 Indianapolis Cultural Trail. (Source: Rundell Ernstberger Associates

Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer streets and roads. The FHWA supports livable communities through funding transportation related projects and sponsoring activities like Context Sensitive Solutions and public involvement that help, enable people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.

Photo of building Figure 2 Downtown Wyomissing, PA. (Source: Brickstone Realty)

As part of the Department of Transportation's Livability Initiative, FHWA works within the HUD/DOT/EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities to coordinate and leverage Federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure policies and investments. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities developed the following principles to guide efforts:

  1. Provide more transportation choices.
  2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
  4. Support existing communities.
  5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
  6. Value communities and neighborhoods.
HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership | DOT Livability | FTA Livable & Sustainable Communities
Updated: 2/20/2018
HEP Home Planning Environment Real Estate
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000