Bus

U.S. DOT releases final rule to streamline environmental reviews for projects

Posted on January 15, 2014

Courtesy DC Streetcar
Courtesy DC Streetcar
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) released a final rule, “Environmental Impact and Related Procedures,” intended to significantly cut red tape, achieve better environmental outcomes, and spur certain transit and highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to completion quicker than in years past.

The new rule responds to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to put people first by streamlining and improving government services wherever possible.

“Time is money, and by cutting the time it takes to manage environmental reviews, we can help save communities money that they can put toward critical transportation projects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This is just one example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to make it easier for communities across the country to get the transportation options they need to reduce congestion and improve access to work, school and other destinations.”

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) anticipate that the new rule, issued jointly, will expedite the delivery of certain transit and highway projects — including projects to be built within an existing right-of-way where transportation already exists or projects that receive less than $5 million of federal funding.

The new rule encourages project sponsors and state and regional transportation authorities to build highway and transit projects with fewer impacts to reap the benefits of the quicker, simpler process, which requires less documentation for qualified projects.

The final rule on was published in the Federal Register earlier this week. The rulemaking was required as part of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

Both the FTA and FHWA have taken a number of steps during the past year to cut red tape and bureaucracy to help get critical projects under construction more quickly without compromising a stringent project review process.

In January 2013, FTA announced a streamlined approach for its Major Capital Investment (New Starts/Small Starts) Grant Program. In addition, FTA recently unveiled a new STOPS (Simplified Trips-on-Project Software) tool that, for some communities, may reduce from two years to two weeks the time needed for project sponsors to develop ridership forecasts on planned projects. This new tool may save taxpayers in communities that do not currently have travel forecasting tools as much as $1 million.

Last September, FHWA launched “e-NEPA,” an online collaboration tool expected to greatly reduce the time needed to complete the comprehensive environmental review process for federally funded highway projects.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Arrow Stage hosts Veterans Strong Appreciation Event

Over 200 guests attended to witness the evening’s main event, the unveiling of the full-sized custom Arrow Stage Lines’ Veteran Strong motorcoach. 

SFRTA unveils new Tri-Rail commuter connector

The fleet of 28 new vehicles and 2 refurbished vehicles will replace the existing Tri-Rail shuttle buses.

St. Louis Metro recognized for maintenance and asset management

Bus maintenance program has been able to extend the lifespan of buses by 25% and decrease the rate of breakdowns by 85%.

FTA confirmed to speak on new bus testing rule, more at BusCon 2016

A Transit Maintenance Forum pass is $98 and includes the forum as well as access to BusCon’s full educational program, the exhibit hall full of buses, networking event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and much more.

Forest River ranks Top 3 Spots in Ford's top volume accounts

Starcraft Bus, Elkhart Coach and Glaval Bus finished first, second and third, respectively.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close