AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast: Georgia DOT’s Innovative PEL Study

In this episode, host Bernie Wagenblast interviews Jannine Miller and Charles Robinson of the Georgia Department of Transportation about the I-85 Corridor Study, an innovative effort that is using a new approach – Planning and Environmental Linkage, or PEL.

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Planning, Environmental Linkages & Transportation

Planning and Environmental Linkages, or PEL, is a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process.

We dive deep on how states are using PEL to inform their planning and environmental review processes.

External Links

FHWA Planning and Environment Linkages Website

Statewide Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning; Final Rule (Feb. 2007), Appendix A, incorporated as part of this regulatory notice, provides additional, nonbinding guidance to further explain the linkages between the transportation planning and project development/NEPA processes.

FHWA Guidance on Using Corridor and Subarea Planning to Inform NEPA (2011)

FHWA Implementing Eco-Logical Website and related resources including: Agencies Implementing the Eco-Logical ApproachTechnical Assistance ActivitiesTechnical AssistanceEco-Logical at Meetings and ConferencesLibraryEco-Logical ReportGrant ProgramWebinar Series

FHWA PlanWorks Decision Support Tool: a web resource that supports collaborative decision-making in transportation planning and project development, built around key decision points in long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, and environmental review.

FHWA’s Planning and Environment Linkages Effective Practices

Example of Implementing Eco-Logical Steps 1-4, Charlottesville-Albemarl MPO

Example of Implementing Eco-Logical Steps 7-9, Colorado DOT