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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Integrating Safety in the Rural Transportation Planning Process

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Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety


November 2014


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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Integrating Safety in the Rural Transportation Planning Process

5. Report Date

November 2014

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Nicole Waldheim, Susan Herbel, Ph.D., Carrie Kissel

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814


National Association of Development Organizations
400 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 390
Washington, DC 20001

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Technical Report

December 16, 2013 through December 31, 2014

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Project Manager (COTM), Rosemarie Anderson

Technical Oversight Working Group: Raymond Concho, Pueblo of Acoma; Jesse Day, Piedmont Triad Regional Council; Lisa Davey-Bates, Lake County/City Area Planning Council; Dave Harris, FHWA Office of Planning; Amy Kessler, North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission; Lorrie Lau, FHWA Office of Planning; Chimai Ngo, FHWA Office of Safety; Garrett Pedersen, Iowa Department of Transportation; Rita Seto, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commissions; Andrew Shepler, Ohio Department of Transportation; Andrew Smith, Central Arizona Governments; Joan Walton, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments

16. Abstract

Rural areas consistently experience higher numbers of crash-related fatalities and serious injuries than urban areas. Regional planning organizations (RPO) are poised to assist state departments of transportation (DOT) and local officials in addressing the safety needs in nonmetropolitan areas in accordance with statewide safety goals. RPOs in general engage in a planning process to understand the regional issues and needs, and identify strategies to address them through coordination with regional stakeholders. The opportunity exists to incorporate safety into this existing process.

This Technical Report provides methods for integrating safety into each step of the RPO planning and programming process, to assist in addressing rural roads multimodal safety needs.

17. Key Words

Transportation safety planning, regional planning organizations, rural safety, planning process

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)   Reproduction of completed pages authorized