SAFETEA-LU Planning Provisions Workshop

This report summarizes a workshop that was designed to provide an opportunity for federal and state department of transportation representatives to exchange information and engage in a detailed review of nine planning provisions included in SAFETEA-LU. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Planning Provisions Workshop (Workshop) attracted nearly 70 attendees representing state departments of transportation (DOT) from around the country. Held on March 27 and 28, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona, the Workshop was jointly sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Planning (SCOP). The Workshop provided an opportunity for Federal and state DOT representatives to exchange information and engage in a detailed review of nine SAFETEA-LU planning provisions. The breadth of state DOTs represented at the Workshop reflects a keen interest to learn more about the new statewide planning provisions in SAFETEA-LU. Effective July 1, 2007, all metropolitan and statewide transportation plans, transportation improvement programs (TIP), and statewide transportation improvement programs (STIP) must be consistent with all SAFETEA-LU planning provisions. The objective of the Workshop was to foster a dialogue between FHWA and state agencies about the following nine planning provisions, while highlighting successful state practices:

1. Fiscal Constraint;
2. Consultation;
3. Congestion Management Processes in Transportation Management Areas;
4. Visualization;
5. Consistency of Transportation Plan with Planned Growth and Development Plans;
6. Safe Routes to School;
7. Environmental Considerations in the Planning Process;
8. Transportation System Security; and
9. Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

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