Listed below are recent developments pertinent to environmental considerations in planning from the past six months. If you would like to suggest a recent development on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on the Share Info with AASHTO form.
The Federal Highway Administration has released a report concerning the Regional Models of Cooperation Program. The program is part of the Every Day Counts 3 Regional Models Initiative to facilitate cooperation among state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations. It emphasizes developing multi-jurisdictional transportation plans and agreements to improve communication, collaboration, policy implementation, technology use and performance management. The report addresses the basis for regional collaboration, including program benefits and examples of forums for communicating, data sharing tools and project planning products. The report also provides case studies from Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and Oregon to provide best practices for communicating and collaborating with various stakeholders. For more information, link to the report. (December 2016)
The Federal Highway Administration has released a reference manual designed to help subarea planning and operations officials to integrate operations, safety, and multimodal transportation planning. Planning for Transportation Systems Management and Operations within Subareas - A Desk Reference provides a foundation for implementing transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) strategies and includes examples of current practices across the country. The reference also includes tools for integrated corridor management, active transportation demand management and principles for metropolitan planning. For more information, link to the reference. (1-25-17)
Presentation materials from an Eco-Logical Community of Practice webinar regarding innovative mitigation contracting and financing are now available. The Oct. 5 webinar addresses planning and environment linkages, the Ohio Department of Transportation full delivery process for natural resource mitigation and San Diego’s process for implementing advance mitigation. For more information, link to the presentation materials. (11-7-16)
The Federal Highway Administration has issued question-and-answer guidance on use of the “planning and environmental linkages” approach for transportation projects. Using the PEL approach, agencies consider environmental, social and economic issues early in their planning processes, and use that information to inform environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. The guidance describes increased emphasis on a number of areas in implementing PEL, including agency coordination, public involvement, as well as compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information, link to the guidance. (11-3-16)
The Federal Highway Administration has launched an interactive, online tool to support collaborative decision-making in transportation planning and project development. PlanWorks is built around key decision points in long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, and environmental review. PlanWorks suggests when and how to engage cross-disciplinary partners and stakeholder groups, and includes a decision guide, assessment tools, applications, and a resource library. The tool, formerly known in beta-version as Transportation for Communities - Advancing Projects through Partnerships (TCAPP) – is now permanently managed by FHWA. The agency also announced funding assistance to help state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations implement the tool. The application period for funding will be open May 29 through June 26. For more information, link to PlanWorks and the Round 6 SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program announcement. (5-14-15)
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