NARC offers reports, studies, and publications for and about transportation planning, as well as guidance documents that range from policy-level documents to technical assistance to much more.
NARC submitted final comments to the docket on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning; Metropolitan Planning. This proposed rule – issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – is extremely important for the nation’s metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), as it spells out their role and responsibilities for implementing the performance-based planning and programming regulations included by Congress in the most recent transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). NARC comments focus on a number of important issues contained in the NPRM, including:
- The importance of providing flexibility to MPOs as they begin to implement the performance program outlined by Congress.
- An extensive discussion of the potentially negative impacts of agency overreach in the implementation of regulations regarding transit representation on the boards of MPOs.
- Additional opportunities for the agencies to provide flexibility to MPOs to carry out federally required transportation planning.
In addition, NARC and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) submitted joint comments to the docket, an attempt to illustrate to FHWA and FTA the importance of this rule for our members. In particular, NARC and AMPO have worked closely together to reduce any negative consequences from regulations requiring transit representation on the boards of MPOs in areas over 200,000 in population.
Between January and March 2013, NARC engaged regional transportation planners and local elected officials in a conversation that examined the state of transportation planning following passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the most recent federal surface transportation authorization. After seven roundtables involving 225 participants, NARC discovered the nation’s metropolitan planning organizations, regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs), and regional councils of government are engaged in innovative and creative planning efforts to create safe, livable, and economically prosperous regions.
NARC released a report of efforts made by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to integrate public health factors and considerations into their transportation plans. Additionally, the report offers options through which an MPO can work with its Council of Governments (COG) to integrate alternative planning activities into transportation and public health.
Regional Aviation Systems Planning: A Case Study – October 2011
NARC recently completed six case studies of different regions and their engagement in regional aviation systems planning as a part of their comprehensive transportation planning. These case studies include:
- The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- The Houston-Galveston Area Council
- The North Central Texas Council of Governments
- The Puget Sound Regional Council
- The Southern California Association of Governments
- The Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
As part of a cooperative agreement, NARC, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted a series of workshops to tackle the most pressing challenges in balancing healthy air and transportation investments. NARC has compiled the contents of fourteen workshops held between 2001 and 2009 into one document that will prove to be useful to regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations nationwide.
Streamlining Cross-Linking Transportation and Evacuation Planning: A Resource Guide for Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Councils – September 2009
Through a year-long agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning, NARC developed a project to address streamlining cross-linking and coordination of evacuation planning efforts by regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations in instances of manmade or natural disasters. NARC and its Advisory Council held two workshops and developed this resource guide.
Building Planning Capacity between Public and Private Sector Partners in the Freight Industry: A Resource Manual for Public and Private Freight Planning Interests – September 2009
Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, NARC and its Technical Advisory Group held a series of peer to peer exchanges and webinars for public and private stakeholders in the freight industry. NARC then developed a Resource Manual to create more effective and efficient regional level freight-specific infrastructure planning. For more information, visit NARC’s Chicago Peer to Peer, Tacoma Peer to Peer and 2009 Freight Summit pages for summaries and presentations from each event.
A Workshop on Integrating Land Use and Transportation Planning: An Examination of Best Practices -September 2008
NARC, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Resource Systems Group, held a two-day workshop on Integrating Land Use and Transportation planning hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on September 11-12, 2008. The workshop was geared toward developing the capacity of high level community and transportation planning officials to integrate current and future trends in land use into their transportation plans, thereby giving their regions more options and opportunity.