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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 and the Transportation Research Board. 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.

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?

The TPEA team of judges from a diverse set of planning backgrounds will judge the nominations on the following criteria:

  1. Community and Public Involvement: How did this project successfully engage the community in the planning process?
  2. 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?
  3. Demonstrated Results/Effectiveness/Replication: What has been the result of these efforts? How are results being measured? To what extent can these efforts be replicated by other organizations around the country?
  4. Equity: What initiatives have been undertaken to ensure that these efforts of this project are implemented in an equitable manner and impacts to individual communities are minimized?
  5. Implementation/Implementation Strategy: Has any part of the planned transportation-related project, plan, idea, model, design, or policy been executed to its final stages?
  6. Innovation: What innovative approaches were used?
  7. Multimodalism: To what extent do these efforts efficiently address multimodal transportation options, including bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and automobile?
  8. Partnerships and Collaboration: Was this program created as a collaborative effort? Are public and private partners still at the table?
  9. Potential for Long-Term Benefits: What provisions have been used to ensure the long-term viability of this
Updated: 11/26/2013
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