Refers to a process that allows people’s needs, preferences and values to be reflected in decisions. Planning occurs at many different levels, from day-to-day decisions made by individuals and families, to major decisions made by governments and businesses that have comprehensive, long-term impacts on society. Management can be considered a short-term form of planning, while planning can be considered a longer-term form of management.

intermodal terminal

A terminal which can accommodate several modes of transportation. They increasingly tend to be specializing at handling specific types of passengers or freight traffic, while they may share the same infrastructures.


Transit Oriented Development – the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high quality train systems.

right of way

Real property, obtained by local or state government either in fee or through line establishment and containing the travelway, roadside, drainage systems and other appurtenances necessary for public travel.

impervious surface

A surface through which nothing, particularly precipitation, can penetrate.


Federal Emergency Management Agency

You can find more information on the FEMA website.


Referenced to the intersection of two roadways, or a roadway and a railway, which cross at the same elevation. This intersection can be controlled by traffic signals or stop signs.


The capability of a roadway to accommodate traffic usually expressed as the number of vehicles per lane per hour for a given level of service.


The cooperation or joint provision of public services between municipalities.


A term that encompasses public transportation systems including bus, rail, carpooling, and facilities for those systems.