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Planning provides a basis for making short and long range public transportation decisions. Typical projects include planning efforts that support economic vitality, increase the safety and security of the transportation system, increase the accessibility and mobility of people and freight, and protect and enhance the environment.





Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) carry out the planning process and meet the transportation planning requirements of joint Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations. These efforts support integrated, multimodal transportation for healthy, sustainable communities, jobs, and economic vitality.

An MPO's long range transportation plan is often called a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Since an RTP is one of the first planning activities to identify transportation issues and projects, participating in the RTP planning process is an effective way to influence transportation investments. RTPs list projects on state highways and on city and county arterial streets. They also list transit needs and improvements related to other modes such as bike lanes and sidewalk projects.

ODOT supports public transportation related planning at the statewide, regional, local and corridor levels. ODOT Public Transit staff assists in development of cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive policies. This results in long-range plans and short-range programs supporting transportation investment priorities.

Click on the Funding, Guidance, Compliance, and Reference tabs above to learn more about Planning programs.





Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning

MPOs in areas with populations greater than 200,000 are called Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) and they receive federal STP and §5303 funds directly through a national formula. ODOT works with the MPOs to prioritize transportation investment needs in each MPO area.

ODOT Public Transit manages statewide planning and other technical assistance activities, planning support for non-urbanized areas, research, development, and demonstration projects. Competitive grants for local planning projects are offered periodically.

 2015-17 Solicitation 


2013-2015 Solicitation

5304 Planning Grant Awards


  Casandra Mance    (503) 986-3669    casandra.mance@odot.state.or.us  






Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues guidance, often in the form of circulars, to provide grantees with direction on program specific issues and statutory requirements. FTA is in the process of preparing new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which will remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.

Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning

FTA Program overview  

FTA Circular C 8100.1C  





Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning

  • New in MAP-21: Within two years of the date of enactment, MPOs in urbanized areas designated as transportation management areas must include transit officials on their policy boards.

  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): a planning work program prepared for a TMA by the MPO in cooperation with public transit operator(s) and the State. The preparation of a UPWP is a federal requirement in SAFTEA-LU. The MPO and operators of publicly owned transit services and air quality agencies also develop cooperative agreements for carrying out the metropolitan transportation planning process.

Additional Compliance Requirements for All Programs

See the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook section, Reporting and Compliance tabs, and the Civil Rights section of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook

Civil Rights





ODOT State Management Plan

ODOT STIP Documents

FTA Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)  : Transforming the way we build, manage, and maintain our nation's transit systems.)

FTA Circulars  

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook