Surface Transportation Policy Guide

By American Planning Association



APA's Surface Transportation Policy Guide identifies policy solutions for planners and local, state, and federal elected officials that address the evolving nature of transportation policy and how communities plan for regional transportation options that work for everyone.

Building On

Policy Guide Working Group Chair Whit Blanton, FAICP, describes how the new guide addresses timely issues that have evolved since 2010 — like accessibility, climate change, and Vision Zero — that demanded a renewed focus, and how APA members and planners can use the guide as a tool to effect change not only at the regional level but also at the state and federal levels.



Advocate for Policies That Lead to Stronger, Resilient Communities

We work with APA members daily to influence federal and state transportation policy outcomes.

Use these APA resources to advocate for a transportation future that meets the needs of your community.

Autonomous Vehicle Policy Principles

Federal Surface Transportation Debate Shifts Into High Gear

Freight Policy Guide

Infrastructure Principles

Washington Talks Infrastructure: Will This Time Be Different?


This guide was approved by the APA Delegate Assembly on April 14, 2019, and ratified by the APA Board of Directors on May 14, 2019.


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June 4, 2019
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American Planning Association
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

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