Partners are granted decision making authority either through legislation or by specific designation within a plan or project.
Primary partners include, but are not limited to:
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
- Metropolitan planning organizations(MPOs)
- Resource agencies
- State departments of transportation(DOTs)
- Public Transportation Operators
Federal legislation grants these partners the power to block transportation decisions. For this reason, collaboration with these partners is essential to making decisions that stick. However, in your region, other partners may also exist. Collaboration with designated partners is equally important.
Stakeholders are anyone with interest in transportation but without the authority to make decisions.
Stakeholders are agencies,organizations , or individuals that do not have a mandated or designated role in decision making.
However, stakeholder input and support are essential for successful projects and plans.
Visit the Stakeholder Portal for information on collaborating with stakeholders.
Collaboration Assessment for Stakeholders helps pinpoint areas where steps can be taken to improve your ability to engage collaboratively.