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What is Urban
Transportation Planning?
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Uncle MPO Sam
A Briefing Notebook for Metropolitan Planning Organization Officials
by Federal Highway (FHWA) and the Federal Transit (FTA) Administrations
This report is the single most comprehensive primer that overviews urban transportation planning. This document provides a basic understanding of the key concepts, along with references for additional information. It discusses transportation planning and its relationship to decision making while  presenting short descriptions of important policy and planning topics. 
Transportation Planning in the United States: An Historical Overview  by Ed Weiner, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Transportation
This report focuses on key events in the evolution of urban transportation planning including developments in technical procedures, philosophy, processes, and institutions. This is the Fifth Edition of this report which was first published in 1983.  It contains updates through 1999.
A Transportation Modeling Primer
by Edward A. Beimborn, Center for Urban Transportation Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This primer is intended to explain how  the urban transportation modeling process works, the assumptions made and the steps used to forecast travel demand for urban transportation planning. This is done in order to help to understand the process and its implications and to help people to interpret and comment on its results. The primer is intended for use by local or regional planning commissioners, elected officials and interested citizens who have to react to transportation plans. 
NationalTranspLibrary
TDM Encyclopedia
GradschoolsOnline
Assoc.forCommuterTrans (ACT)
TRBCommittees
TranspotationResearchBoard
WorldBankonUrbanTransport
Brookings
McTransComputerSoftware
ITSAmerica
UrbanLegendsSnopes
AASHTO
APTA
The Federal Transit Administration Grant Programs
by Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation
This Web Page  lays out the FTA grant and assistance programs and their ties to the metropolitan planning process.  It contains  the funding level and programs, the planning and project development processes, and many of the oversight requirements of FTA required under SAFETEALU.
Travel Model Improvement Program
This web site has been established to assure that practitioners have access to the best transportation planning methods available.  For those practitioners unsure of their methods they might want to see how they measure up to the Certification Checklist for Travel Forecasting Methods
Metropolitan Planning Section of MAP-21 (Title 23, Section 134), The Law.
Planning Rule Federal planning regulations as codified in 23 CFR 450. The Regualations. (pre MAP-21)
Here are some everyday examples of MPO products (maybe not the best, maybe not the worst, just some examples to help get inside the world of MPOs)
FHWA Database of MPOs
The Long Range Transportation Plan courtesy of NJTPA
A Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) from DVRPC
The Unified Planning Work Program for the MetCouncil Area
Public Participation, Involvement and Outreach of MTC
Miami Urbanized Area 2011 Certification Review
The Congestion Management Process of NCTCOG
The CRTPO By-Laws
BRMPO and Environmental Justice
 The MPO Committees of MWCOG
Transportation Studies and Reports from MAG
CMAQat CMAP/CATS
 WILMAPCO and Air Quality Conformity
association of metropolitan planning organizations...............national association of regional councils
Regional Data from PAG

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US Department of Transportation

FHWA Metropolitan Planning  FTA Office of Planning Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA)
FHWA Freight Planning FHWA Office of Freight Mgt. FHWA Planning, Environment and Real Estate

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