Policy & Planning

The Policy and Planning Section is responsible for State and Federal policy analysis, developing the Agency Strategic Plan, preparing statewide transportation plans, developing and maintaining the State Transportation Improvement Program, and for regional planning relationships and activities. 

Policy Analysis

The Policy Analysis unit analyzes, develops, and promulgates transportation policy for the Agency, including support for Agency legislative activities, and environmental policy. The policy group works with new, evolving areas of transportation activity, taking responsibility for these areas until a permanent home is found elsewhere within the Agency. Examples include integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems technology, performance measures, asset management, alternative fuel vehicles, and energy programs. This unit also has liaison responsibilities with state and federal agencies, regional and national transportation organizations, and coordinates work with Canadian federal and provincial transportation and cross-border entities.

Daniel Dutcher, Environmental Policy Manager (environmental and energy planning)
802-498-4540| daniel.dutcher@vermont.gov

Karen Songhurst, Policy Analyst (legislative affairs)
802-498-7424 | karen.songhurst@vermont.gov

Strategic and Modal Planning

The Strategic and Modal Planning unit manages and implements the Agency’s major transportation planning efforts, including the Long Range Transportation Plan and modal plans for highways, railways, aviation, public transportation, bike and pedestrian, and freight. The unit also undertakes special studies as directed by Agency executive staff and legislative studies. Planners in this area provide technical support to Agency modal programs and managers, and other state, federal, regional, and local planning agencies.

Costa Pappis, Transportation Planning Coordinator
802-793-5049 |  costa.pappis@vermont.gov

Dave Pelletier, Transportation Planning Coordinator
802-595-9675 | dave.pelletier@vermont.gov

Regional Planning Coordination

The Agency engages in regional planning via a consultative and cooperative planning and public outreach relationship through the Transportation Planning Initiative (TPI) with Regional Planning Commissions throughout Vermont. Map of Planning Regions, Coordinators and RPC Contacts

State Transportation Improvement Program

The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is the Agency’s four-year plan of anticipated projects requiring Federal Highway Administration and/or Federal Transit Administration funding.