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Urban Land use -- Planning -- Decision making, Transportation -- Planning -- Metropolitan areas, Transportation -- United States -- Decision making, Land use -- Government policy


Initiated in the summer of 2005 under contract to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this project focused on the use of collaborative practices to address a range of transportation planning and development issues.

The project had four primary objectives:

  • develop increased awareness among state officials of opportunities for the use of collaborative processes and collaborative governance systems in the transportation arena;
  • identify one or more transportation collaboration opportunity in at least two states;
  • identify collaborative training opportunities;
  • develop and test a detailed assessment tool for use in identifying and designing transportation collaborations.

This project was conducted by the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) with oversight from FHWA's Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. The NPCC team developed and tested an assessment tool/questionnaire to use in interviewing state officials and other stakeholders during site visits. The assessment questionnaire was designed to collect information in four areas of interest: (1) issues, barriers and obstacles to transportation planning and project development; (2) current communication and coordination methods; (3) use of collaborative approaches; and (4) future opportunities for collaboration and training.


Report prepared by the National Policy Consensus Center for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development and Environmental Review.

Text by Susan Brody, Bob Jones, Bill Blosser, and Greg Wolf.

A product of the National Policy Consensus Center, part of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

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