Planning Resources

As you begin planning your projects, it is equally important to identify and gather resources that are specific to your own unit or region.

These resources generally fall into two categories:


During the planning process, stakeholders play an integral role by helping identify challenges, needs, resources, and responsibilities. If you involve them from the beginning, you expand opportunities for establishing and coordinating collaborative transportation partnerships.

Stakeholders can represent federal, state, regional, local, tribal, non-profit, or other entities with a shared interest in public lands, transportation, or resource preservation. Examples are listed below.

National/Agency Participants

  • Army Corp of Engineers
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Federal Highway Administration/Federal Lands Highway
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • National Park Service/Denver Service Center
  • Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC)
  • Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
  • The Volpe Center
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA Forest Service/San Dimas Technology and Development Center

Local Stakeholders

  • Bureau of Rail and Transit
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • City Council
  • City Managers
  • Community Planners
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • County Administrators
  • County Commission
  • Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Programs
  • Department of Transportation
  • Division of Travel and Tourism
  • Economic Development Council/Authority
  • "Friends" Organizations
  • Local Business Owners, especially tourism-related (hotels, restaurants, bike shops, etc.)
  • Local Tourism Council
  • Local, Regional, or National Advocacy Groups (Rails-to-Trails, American Trail horse association, International Mountain Biking Association, etc.)
  • Municipalities
  • Native American Reservations/Tribal Councils
  • Park or Federal Land Concessionaires
  • Planning Commision
  • Planning Directors
  • Regional Transit Authority
  • Regional/County Development Council/Authority
  • Schools/Colleges
  • State/Local Fish, Game, Wildlife Department
  • State/Local Parks and Recreation Department
  • Tour Companies
  • Transit Directors
  • Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Program
  • Transportation System Planners

Planning Documents

To identify your transportation needs and implement effective projects, you will need accurate and up-to-data about current conditions. Fortunately, much of this information may already be available in existing documents, examples of which are listed below.

If there are key documents that do not yet exist for your unit or region, you may want to consider adding data collection tasks to your project planning process.

Existing Resources

  • Already Filed Permit Requests
  • Alternative Transportation Study
  • Bicycle Paths Plans
  • Census Data
  • Community Transit Plans
  • Comprehensive Conservation Plans
  • Employee Shuttle Plans
  • Environmental Impact Plans
  • Existing Conditions Report
  • Forest Plans
  • Growth Management Plans
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture (unit, regional, and/or state)
  • Long Range Transportation Plans
  • Management Plans (local, regional, federal land unit)
  • Maps
  • Master Plan for Park Area
  • Proposals for Expanded Facilities
  • Regional Coordinated Transit Plans
  • Regional Growth Plans
  • Resident and Nonresident Motor Vehicle Travel Survey
  • Resource Management Plans
  • Ride Share Information
  • Road Inventory
  • Safe-Routes-to-School Program
  • Safety Improvement Plans
  • Shoulder Improvement Program (wider lanes for bicycles)
  • Shuttle System Plans
  • Spending Plans
  • Tourism Studies (based on time of year summer/winter/etc)
  • Tourism/ Recreation Surveys
  • Traffic Counts
  • Traffic, Visitor, and Parking Plans
  • Trail Inventory
  • Trail System Plans
  • Trail Systems Plans
  • Transit Route Map
  • Transportation Improvement Plans
  • Transportation Plans
  • Transportation Spending Plans
  • Travel Management Plans
  • Traveler-Advisory System
  • Visitor counts
  • Visitor Studies
  • Visitor/Transit Rider Surveys
  • Websites