News Release: May 27, 2015

Grant Funding Provides Tools for Megaregional Transportation Planning

Funding will support research to enhance transportation planning nationwide.

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association (APA) has received $145,000 in grant funding this month from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help local governments and regional planning agencies address long-range transportation, land use and related planning issues that look at broad regional linkages extending beyond city and metropolitan area borders.

"The project is an opportunity to develop strategies and implementation tools that don't currently exist for planners working to solve complex transportation planning issues across local, regional, and megaregional geographic areas," said David Rouse, AICP, ASLA, managing director of APA's Research and Advisory Services. "Ultimately, the work will help create a framework for addressing megaregional issues nationwide through local and regional action."

The project will be implemented in partnership with Georgia Tech's Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), an established leader in research on megaregions.  It also represents a new area of endeavor for APA and marks the first time APA will partner with FHWA on sponsored research for almost a decade.

Research will conclude late in 2016. Watch for report updates, case studies, and implementation guidelines online at

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA; 312-786-6395;