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Transportation Planning

Transportation planning

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Transportation Planning Division develops and advances transportation-planning projects and programs at the international, national, state, and local levels, through analysis, research, evaluation and oversight work, and communications.


  • Planning evaluation and oversight: Evaluate transportation plans and planning processes to determine consistency with applicable requirements, assess results, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Systems planning: Analyze and conceptualize transportation system operations, estimate demand, calculate lifecycle capital and operating costs, assess potential incorporation of advanced technologies, and develop financing, budgeting, and implementation strategies.
  • Performance measurement: Conduct research on alternative ways to measure the performance and improve the operation of transportation systems.
  • Project planning and programmatic support: Provide “on-the-ground” support and assistance for transportation planning programs at the community and state levels.
  • Communications expertise: Communicating lessons learned and best practices to improve transportation planning and decision making.
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018