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Introduction to Transportation Planning

VIII. What Barriers Exist for Tribal Participation in the Transportation Planning Process?

There are some important barriers Tribes face when doing transportation planning. It is important to identify, understand, and address these barriers. Below are common barriers along with suggested solutions or approaches to help resolve each barrier:

Barrier Approach/Solution
Tribes' interpretations of Federal regulations governing the IRR Program and other programs sometimes differ with those of other government entities, creating a conflict between Tribal governments and FLH. Tribes should work closely with FLH/FHWA and BIA to ensure interpretations are appropriate, and access support for the development of their Tribal planning and decisionmaking processes.
Differences in skills and experience between Tribal planners and those of planners in other transportation organizations and agencies can discourage coordination and affect communication. Modules similar to this one are available to help familiarize tribes with planning practices and processes. In addition, Tribes may access resources available through the TTAPs and FHWA Tribal Capacity Building Program.
Training opportunities for Tribal governments are scarce because of significant financial and staff-time shortages Tribes may receive training through the TTAPs and may request specialized peer exchanges to address specific expertise needs through the FHWA Tribal Capacity Building Program.
Many Tribes have not developed transportation visions and plans. This limits their ability to identify Tribal goals that are consistent with those of regional and State transportation planning processes. This might make it difficult for Tribes to express their needs and goals and to have them reflected in metropolitan, State, and local transportation plans. FLH, BIA and TTAPs offer assistance in the development of LRTP and TTIPs. This includes developing a vision and goals.
Tribal planners frequently have other responsibilities that might be higher priorities than transportation issues, limiting the time staff can dedicate to transportation planning. FLH, BIA, and TTAPs offer assistance in the development of LRTP and TTIPs.
Updated: 5/8/2015
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