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Regional planning for healthy communities
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has published a white paper that develops a framework for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use to integrate health into the metropolitan area transportation planning. The framework addresses both how MPOs can approach health as a general, broad-based goal in comprehensive and interdisciplinary planning and also how MPOs can consider health during all stages of the metropolitan transportation planning process.
The report explores how health can effectively be incorporated in metropolitan transportation planning through case studies of the following four regional agencies:
- Nashville Area MPO
- Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)
- Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
- San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)