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Planning Emphasis Areas for Federal Fiscal Year 2015

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Federal Highway
April 23, 2014  
Federal Transit
    In Reply Refer To:
Attention: FHWA Division Administrators
FTA Regional Administrators

With the renewed focus on transportation planning brought about by the MAP-21, Transportation Secretary Fox, and the pending issuance of updated transportation planning regulations, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Offices of Planning are jointly issuing Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs). PEAs are planning topical areas that we want to place emphasis on as the State DOTs and the MPOs develop their respective planning work programs. We ask that the FHWA and FTA field offices meet with their State DOT and MPO counterparts to discuss these emphasis areas and encourage the States and MPOs to develop or identify those associated work tasks in their upcoming planning work programs for Federal FY-2015. The planning emphasis areas for Federal FY-2015 include:

Models of Regional Planning Cooperation

Access to Essential Services

MAP-21 Implementation

Sincerely yours,

Signature: Gregory G. Nadeau

Gregory G. Nadeau
Deputy Administrator
Federal Highway Administration

Signature: Therese W. McMillan
Therese W. McMillan
Deputy Administrator
Federal Transit Administration

1 Performance Based Planning and Programming Guidebook, FHWA, September 2013,

2 An MPO is exempt from the structure requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134(d)(2) and 49 U.S.C. 5303(d)(2) if the MPO continues to operate under State law enacted on or before December 18, 1991, relating to the structure or organization of the MPO. To be exempt, the MPO must not have been redesignated or have amended its board composition since this date, even if the MPO was created prior to December 18, 1991. MPOs that wish to be considered for an exemption must self-certify their exempt status with FTA and FHWA.

Updated: 1/31/2017
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