Transportation Safety Planning (TSP)

Transportation Safety Planning (TSP) is a comprehensive, system-wide, multimodal, proactive process that better integrates safety into surface transportation decision-making. Federal law requires that the State and Metropolitan transportation planning process be consistent with Strategic Highway Safety Plans. It is important for the process to consider projects and strategies to increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) play the leading roles in transportation safety planning. However, to make the greatest impact, it is importation to look beyond the traditional stakeholders. Other stakeholders who should be at the table should include:

  • State and Local Transportation Agencies
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • Regional Planning Organizations
  • Emergency Medical Responders
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Transit Agencies
  • State Agencies responsible for:
    • safety data collection & management
    • law enforcement
    • motor vehicle departments
  • Federal Agencies—FHWA, NHTSA, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Trade Associations—Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, AASHTO, American Public Transit Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Highway Safety Community—Governors’ Highway Safety Representatives, Operation Lifesaver, AAA, etc.

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NEW! Tools and Practices for System Wide Safety Improvement – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-033, July 2013

NEW! Safety Focused Decision Making Guide – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-034

NEW! Safety Focused Decision Making Guide Training – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-035, September 2013

Planning It Safe Newsletter – January 2013

Planning It Safe Newsletter – November 2012

Planning It Safe Newsletter – June 2012

Directions in Road Safety Newsletter: This newsletter, slated for periodic publication, includes the latest information on how states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are integrating safety and planning; information on the latest publications, tools, research, and training; and information avail┬Čable from Federal agencies.

Brochure: Integrating Road Safety Into NEPA Analysis: A Practitioner’s Primer

Integrating Road Safety Into NEPA Analysis: A Practitioner’s Primer

Safety Performance Measure Primer - A Tool for Integrating Safety in the Planning Process is a tool to help State and local practitioners, transportation planners, and decision-makers identify, select, and use safety performance measures as a part of the transportation planning process.

Transportation Safety Planner (TSP) One Page Fact Sheet is a one page fact sheet that describes answers three questions: What is TSP? Why is TSP needed? And who are the key players in TSP?

Making the Case for Transportation Safety – Ideas for Decision Makers is a compilation of noteworthy practices implemented by stakeholders, executives, managers, and practitioners at all levels.

Updated 2009 - Transportation Planner’s Safety Desk Reference identifies and summarizes the information of interest to transportation planners in the NCHRP Report 500 Series.

NEW State Safety Fact Sheets include the emphasis areas each state identified in their approved Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), along with relevant data showing fatalities, rates, and trends.

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Other Related Links

Transportation Safety Planning Working Group (TSPWG) is formerly known as the Safety Conscious Planning Working Group, is an informal, ad hoc partnership of U.S. DOT agencies and professional associations representing state DOT, safety, traffic engineering and planning communities. The Transportation Research Board convenes and moderates the TSPWG, and hosts the web site.

Office of Environment and Planning TSP Website

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Program Contact

Chimai Ngo


What's New

Web-based HSIP Courses
Five new web-based courses related to the HSIP are available from the National Highway Institute

Integrating Road Safety into NEPA Analysis: A Primer for Safety and Environmental Professionals:
    • Brochure
    • Report

New Manual for Selecting Safety Treatments on High Risk Rural Roads

NEW Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety and EMS Connection

NEW Strategic Highway Safety Plans: A Champion's Guidebook to Saving Lives, Second Edition

HSIP Self Assessment Tool

Highway Safety Improvement Program – Project Eligibility

Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Leadership that Saves Lives

Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Get Involved!

HSIP Noteworthy Practice Series

P2P – Integrating Local Planning Organizations into a State HSIP

SHSP Implementation Process Model Interactive CD

HSIP Manual

HSIP Assessment Toolbox

SHSP IPM – The Essential Eight – Fundamental Elements and Effective Steps for SHSP Implementation

SHSP IPM Supplement Number 1 – Case Studies

A Primer on Safety Performance Measures for the Transportation Planning Process

Data and Safety Analysis Tools Brochure