What are your thoughts on planning areas and how they are set up geographically? Generally, they are set up as regions within states. There are some multi-state planning areas, but only in the larger population areas. So in a lot of cases you have groups of small and mid size towns up to 30 or 40 K with multi (normally bi-state) state population areas of 50,000 or more who do no coordinated planning but are parts of larger regions within their states. This is especially true for transportation planning. If you have a small city of 30 to 50 K that is alone in a region, the STP funding is messed up because its thrown in with rural overlay projects, etc.
Is it hard to form new planning areas? Harder across state lines?