Federal law requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to jointly certify the transportation planning processes of Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) at least every four years. A TMA is an urbanized area, as defined by the U.S. census, with a population exceeding 200,000. A certification review generally consists of a site visit; a “desk audit” review of planning documents prior to the site visit; an FHWA/FTA certification report; and a certification review presentation to the TPO governing board.
The final report identified noteworthy practices that demonstrate innovative ideas or best practices for implementing the transportation planning and public participation requirements. Specific efforts highlighted include the following:
The review team held a virtual public meeting to obtain comments on the certification. They reported that, “These public comments are an important element of the certification review, as they provide citizens direct input on the transportation planning process for the TPO’s area. The comments received were complimentary with the most common themes relaying a message of cooperation and coordination on behalf of the North Florida TPO staff.” The full report is available here.