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Planning provides basis for making short and long range public transportation decisions. Typical projects include planning efforts that support the 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 (MPO) carry out the planning process and meet the transportation planning requirements of the joint Federal Transit Administration (FTA) / Federal Highway Administration (FHA) planning regulations. These efforts support integrated, multimodal transportation; healthy, sustainable communities and jobs and economic vitality. MPOs long range transportation plan is often called Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Because the RTP is one of the first planning activities to identify transportation issues and projects, participation in the RTP planning process is an effective way to influence transportation investment. The RTP lists projects on state highways and city and county arterial streets. It also lists transit needs and improvements related to other modes, like bike lanes and sidewalk projects.

ODOT supports public transportation-related planning at the statewide, regional, local and corridor levels. The division staff assists in development of policies that are cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive, resulting in long-range plans and short-range programs of transportation investment priorities.

Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning

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

The division 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.

Project Awards & Solicitation Information

 Casandra Mance
 (503) 986-3669

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

  • 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 Reporting, Civil Rights, and Site Review sections of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.

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