Importance of Sustainability Planning
A sustainability plan outlines strategies to continue a transportation program. Sustainability may involve
maintaining program services, staff members, and community partnerships. Transportation programs should tailor
sustainability plans to their specific needs, goals, and resources.
Key issues to consider when planning for sustainability include:
- Planning for the continued engagement of stakeholders and partners
- Considering what contributions stakeholders and partners can provide
- Monitoring population demographics and trends in the community
- Considering what fees may be appropriate for services
- Tracking the impact of the program
- Leveraging human, financial, and in-kind resources from the community
The Rural Health Information Hub provides a list of resources to help rural
organizations plan for sustainability as well as information about grant
writing and capital funding for rural communities.
Resources to Learn More
Rural Transportation Planning: State Models for Local Consultation, Regional Coordination, and Regional
Transportation Planning Organizations
Provides information about national and regional planning bodies and processes. Provides state-by-state profiles
of the state-level transportation planning framework.
Organization(s): National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation
Resource Center on Innovative Infrastructure Strategies
Organization that provides technical assistance and capacity building support to states interested in learning
more about public-private partnerships for infrastructure maintenance and support. The website includes
information about Center-supported policy retreats, as well as information and case studies about several
localities that have used public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects.
Organization(s): National Governors Association