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Metropolitan Transportation Planning

PROGRAM AREA: Transportation Planning
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
3 Days
1.8 Units
$825 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 35


This course provides a general introduction and overview of the metropolitan transportation planning process, underscoring its relationship to informed decision making. Aspects covered include key elements of the planning process; planning requirements; visioning, goals, objectives and measures of effectiveness; program and project development; alternatives and tools for their analysis.

NHI also offers FHWA-NHI-139001 Integrating Freight in the Transportation Planning Process.


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

  • Explain why the metropolitan transportation planning process exists and why it is important
  • Identify the requirements of the metropolitan transportation planning process and describe the products
  • Identify the players in the process and describe their roles and responsibilities
  • Distinguish among vision, goals, objectives, and measures of effectiveness (MOEs) and describe the proper use of each
  • Explain how to identify transportation needs and problems and how to analyze and evaluate alternative strategies
  • Recognize the components of the transportation plan and the transportation improvement program
  • Explain the relationship between planning and project development


Planning, transportation planning, programming, or project development staff working or participating in the metropolitan transportation planning process. These include participants from metropolitan planning organizations, State or local departments of transportation, transit agencies, or the Federal DOT. In addition, Federal or State resource and regulatory agencies, (e.g., EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, Fish And Wildlife Service, or Park Service, etc.).

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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