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.


The cooperation or joint provision of public services between municipalities.

urban area

A United States Census Bureau-defined geographic area of contiguous census block groups with a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile.

address bar

The address bar is a text box, usually at the top of a web mapping application, which an address can be typed into as a search box.

web map

A map that is not simply on the web, but rather one that is powered by the online GIS technologies.