Traditionally, environmental issues are addressed during transportation project level reviews and permitting processes. Addressing these issues earlier, during transportation systems and corridor planning, could produce plans and projects that more effectively protect and enhance the environment, while providing transportation options when and where they are needed. A thorough understanding of transportation planning and NEPA Decision-Making concepts by planning, environmental, and engineering professionals will lay the foundation for greater collaboration in integrating the processes.
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First conducted September 23, 2008 by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.
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