The Transportation Planning and Modal Programs Bureau is operated in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration through state-matched federal funds allocated by the Federal Aid Highway Acts.

Transportation Planning is a cooperative process designed to foster involvement by all users of the system, such as the business community, community groups, environmental organizations, the traveling public, freight operators, and the general public, through a proactive public participation process conducted by State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and transit operators. It recognizes the critical links between transportation and other societal goals and is more than merely listing highway and transit capital projects. Transportation planning requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing the area's transportation system in such a way as to advance the area's long-term goals.

The Transportation Planning Engineer directs activities of this bureau. Cooperation, assistance, and advice in the performance of certain activities, and the preparation and presentation of data for the Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation are received from representatives of the local, Atlanta, and Washington offices of the Federal Highway Administration.

Modal Programs coordinates a variety of programs to promote a safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that enhances the quality of life in the State of Alabama. These programs include statewide and metropolitan planning, public transportation, rail highway safety, and the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

"The reality about transportation is that it's future-oriented. If we're planning for what we have, we're behind the curve."
~ Anthony Foxx