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Transportation Safety Planning (TSP)

The mission of TSP is to reduce transportation fatalities and serious injuries by supporting comprehensive, system-wide, multimodal, data-driven, and proactive regional and statewide transportation planning processes that integrate safety into surface transportation decision-making. 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 processes be consistent with Strategic Highway Safety Plans. It is important for the processes to consider projects and strategies to increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.



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Building Links to Improve Safety: How Safety and Transportation Planning Practitioners Work Together – The resource guide shows transportation planners and safety practitioners how to work together to link the transportation planning and safety planning processes to address safety challenges.

Applying Safety Data and Analysis to Performance – Based Transportation Planning – Publication number FHWA-SA-15-089, November 2015. This guidebook provides State and regional planners with information on how to effectively use safety data and analysis tools in performance-based transportation planning and programming processes.

Safety Focused Decision Making Guide – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-034. The guide provides a framework defined by five high-level activities with continuous feedback loops for data collection and analysis and project modifications to enhance safety impacts.

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

Tools and Practices for System Wide Safety Improvement – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-033, July 2013. This is a gap analysis on current safety planning environment as it relates to projects, current tools and activities, and the desired future state.  This work is the precursor of Safety Focused Decision Making Guide (Publication Number: FHWA-SA-13-034, 2013).

Integrating Road Safety Into NEPA Analysis: A Practitioner's Primer – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-11-36, July 2011. This primer presents strategies to capitalize on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process as an effective tool for maximizing the safety benefits of transportation projects.

Brochure: Integrating Road Safety into NEPA Analysis: A Practitioner's Primer – Publication Number: FHWA-SA-11-37, June 2011.

Transportation Planner’s Safety Desk Reference – Publication Number FHWA-HEP-10-001, February, 2010. This is a companion to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Report 500, Guidance for Implementation of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Strategic Highway Safety Plan. This document discusses transportation planners role in transportation safety and the incorporation of safety into the transportation planning process.

Safety Performance Measure Primer – A Tool for Integrating Safety in the Planning Process – Publication Number FHWA-HEP-09-043, September 2009. The primer 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

Making the Case for Transportation Safety – Ideas for Decision Makers – Publication Number FHWA-HEP-08-017, September 2008,  This report is a compilation of noteworthy practices implemented by stakeholders, executives, managers, and practitioners at all levels.

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NCHRP (Project Underway).  Report B08-76, Implementing, Testing, and Evaluating the Transportation Safety Planning Framework – Report B876 is ongoing and has focused research on five lead states, working with them to identify approaches for integrating safety throughout the entire planning process based on their own unique planning environments.

NCHRP Report 08-76, Institutionalizing Safety in the Transportation Planning Process, 2011 – Report 876 created a seven-principle transportation safety planning framework (TSP Framework) demonstrating how planners could integrate safety into every step of the traditional planning process.

NCHRP Report 05-46, Incorporating Safety into Long-Range Transportation Planning, 2006 – Report 546 was a first step in providing MPO and DOT transportation planners with tools and strategies to consider safety in the planning process.


This newsletter includes the latest information on how transportation agencies are integrating safety and planning. This information is presented in the forms of publications, tools, research, and training.

Planning It Safe Newsletter – March 2014

Planning It Safe Newsletter – January 2013

Planning It Safe Newsletter – November 2012

Directions in Road Safety Newsletter – January 2012


Incorporating Safety Into the Planning Process – This presentation provides an overall understanding of TSP and for use by transportation professionals to communicate the concept. It comprises a standard presentation and modules for various audiences – Federal, States, MPOs, RPOs, and local elected officials. Depending on particular needs and audiences, users are welcome to adapt the entire presentation or individual slides.


Roadway Safety Noteworthy Practices Database – The FHWA Office of Safety collects and makes noteworthy practices available in this database. Transportation agencies are encouraged to nominate noteworthy practices by entering information into the database.

Roadway Safety Professional Capacity Building Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Technical Assistance – The P2P Program is designed to help agencies develop and implement effective strategies and programs that reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries on public roads.

Check out Coordinating State and Regional Transportation Safety Planning through the SHSP Process P2P report – May 2013

Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) – The TPCB Program organizes, facilitates, and documents events in order to share noteworthy practices among transportation agencies.


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 include:

Office of Environment and Planning TSP

Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Transportation Performance Management  

Roadway Safety Data Program

Roadway Safety Dashboard

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