Transportation Planning Process


Participants in the Transportation Planning Process (TPP) course receive an overview of the metropolitan and statewide transportation planning process, underscoring its relationship to informed decision-making and required planning processes critical to public transportation planning. This course expands knowledge of transportation planning practice fundamentals and the ability to convey the relationship of these principles to the Federal planning program requirements. Participants gain knowledge and understanding of planning practice fundamentals through the use of engaging interactive activities.

This instructor-led training offers an overview of current laws, regulations, and concepts relevant to the transportation planning process, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

NOTE: The National Highway Institute’s (NHI) “Basics of Transportation Planning” web-based training course presents foundational transportation planning concepts and can be completed prior to participating in the TPP course. It may be accessed here.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the legislative requirements for States and MPOs to conduct the transportation planning process.
  • Describe the content and purpose of statewide and metropolitan transportation plans and programs.
  • Identify the steps and activities in a performance-based approach to planning and programming supported by public engagement and intergovernmental cooperation.
  • Explain the relationship between the transportation planning process and other community planning processes.
  • Identify participants and their roles and responsibilities in planning.
  • Differentiate appropriate levels of consultation, cooperation, and engagement among stakeholders and the public.


Staff from: Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs); Regional Planning Organizations or affected nonmetropolitan transportation officials with responsibility for transportation planning; State Departments of Transportation; Planning, Transportation Planning, Programming, or Project Development entities working or participating in the Statewide or Metropolitan Transportation Planning process; Transit Agencies and/or Transit Providers; the Federal Transit Administration; or the Federal Highway Administration.


Duration: Virtual Online, 4 days, Monday-Thursday, 1:00pm-5:00pm EASTERN Time
Contact: Andrea Dixon