Who makes transportation decisions? What do they care about? What are their roles? These questions are essential to collaboration - find the answers on the Partner Portal.
TCAPP makes a very clear distinction between partners and stakeholders:
While TCAPP has been designed with the four identified partners in mind, it is important to recognize that these may not represent the full range of partners who may be involved in decision making on a given plan, program, or project. For example, a particular process might require decision-making involvement from a unit of local government or from a funding partner (such as a non-profit organization) or implementation partner (such as a transit agency). In defining whether these types of agencies or organizations are "partners" rather than "stakeholders" it is necessary to consider their decision making authority. Is approval from these agencies required, and if their approval is not attained would that cause the plan/project to automatically fail? It is very important that all participating agencies/individuals understand their roles as either partners (with decision-making authority at some point within the process) or stakeholders (with an advisory role throughout the process).
To add a new partner to decision making using TCAPP:
For more understanding of Stakeholders and their roles within TCAPP see "How do Stakeholders Collaborate?"
In order to collaborate, it is essential that each agency understand what other partners care about. Each partner has a set of specific interests that guides their involvement in transportation decision making. These interests relate to the agency's mission and authority within transportation decision making.
A summary of each agency's interests is presented below. Detailed information on the interests of each partner can be found by clicking on the agency's name, or, click here for a full printable table of interests .
The Federal Highway
Administration has a primary interest in ensuring that transportation plans
and projects are collaborative and inclusive, and that decisions meet legal and
regulatory requirements, are consistently applied, and represent a wise use of public
Organizations have an interest in ensuring that long-range transportation
plans and corridor plans address the community's vision and needs and incorporate
all legally required elements, and that programming/funding decisions are consistent
with plans, legal requirements, and the desires of the community.
of Transportation are interested in ensuring that transportation decisions
are consistent with statewide needs and policies, meet legal requirements, consider
maintenance and operations issues, wisely use public funds, and are inclusive of
Resource Agencies are primarily interested in ensuring that conservation planning is considered to the greatest extent possible, and that the environmental review process is carried out properly and in accordance with environmental regulations.
This partner acts as the lead agency or is mandated to take action at this key decision. Decision Makers have the authority to stop the decision making process.
An Advisor provides input and feedback at the key decision, including support or opposition. This feedback helps to avoid revisiting issues or decisions in future key decisions.
An Observer does not provide substantive input or direction at the key decision, but is invited to participate and is kept updated.
When the resulting action is outside the interests and requirements of the partner agency, it has No Role.
For additional information about the roles and interests of each partner in transportation decision making, and to access other information tailored to each partner's interests, see the individual agency pages listed below.