FHWA U.S. DOT Update - Hot Topics in Transportation Planning

APA Missouri Chapter


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA-U.S. DOT) and associated speakers will provide an overview of various initiatives being advanced by the FHWA and USDOT.  This update would include the following topics:
Performance-Based Planning, Program, and Target Setting
BUILD and INFRA Grants Programs
Every Day Counts Program
FAST Act Asset Management Requirements
FAST Act Freight Provisions
Synopsis of Recent Heartlands/Central Plains Multi-Jurisdictional Workshop and Follow-up Actions

For general description - please see the above.

3 learning objectives/takeaway points:
1.  Obtain knowledge of US DOT requirements for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) for Performance Based Planning Program and Target Setting as defined by the December 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
2.  Obtain knowledge of the FHWA Every Day Counts Program - the scope of the program, what initiatives have been advanced, and the latest round (5) of the EDC program that is being commenced to assist States, metropolitan areas, and local governments to make quality improvements to their surface transportation programs.
3.  Obtain knowledge of what are Asset Management and Freight associated provisions of the US DOT FAST Act,  as well as provide examples of locations that have successfully met these provisions in their implementation.
4.  Become informed of the May 2018 conducting of the jointly-sponsored FHWA and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Heartland/Central Plains Multi-Jurisdictional Workshop that brought together a wide coalition of State DOT, MPO, and local government representatives from the States of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Illinois to identify common transportation themes to address working together in this extended region.  Focus areas included Freight, Economic Development, and Innovative Technologies.


Rick Backlund

Rick Backlund has been Division Administrator for the FHWA Kansas Division since May 2016, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, planners & financial staff advancing all aspects of FHWA’s almost $400 million annual transportation program here in Kansas. Rick leads FHWAs efforts working with Kansas DOT, Kansas Turnpike ... Read More

Contact Info

Bonnie Johnson, bojojohn@ku.edu