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FHWA, FTA team up to create transportation planning program, Web site


U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administrators Nov. 29 launched the Metropolitan Capacity Building (MCB) program and Web site, designed to facilitate multi-modal, community-based transportation planning.

"I have time and again seen the power of transportation improve cities and neighborhoods of all backgrounds, and the MCB program will help leverage that program," said Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta in a prepared statement. "This program is a good example of applying new technology to complex, real-world transportation problems."

The site,, provides information about the MCB program and an outlet for groups to share examples of good practices. It’s also designed to provide metropolitan planning organization board members information on the planning process. FHWA and FTA would join members of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association and Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations in offering technical assistance, training and education programs.

"In the largest metropolitan areas, where traffic congestion is a pressing concern, a multi-modal, balanced approach to addressing transportation issues is essential," said FTA Administrator Jennifer Dorn. "A decision-making process that is inclusive, offering communities a voice in planning solutions will ensure that issues are addressed in ways that are responsive to community needs and concerns."

Dorn believes the MCB program will assist that process.

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