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.
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.
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 Approach; Technical Assistance Activities; Technical Assistance; Eco-Logical at Meetings and Conferences; Library; Eco-Logical Report; Grant Program; Webinar 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
NCHRP Report 661: A Guidebook for Corridor-Based Statewide Transportation Planning, NCHRP Project 8-58 (July 2010)
NCHRP 8-36 (48): Improved Linkage Between Transportation Systems Planning and NEPA (January 2006)
NCHRP Report 541: Consideration of Environmental Factors in Transportation Planning, NCHRP Project 8-38 (2005)
An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 1
An Ecological Approach to Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning, Volume 2
Practitioner’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework, Volume 3
Manager’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework, Volume 4
Integrated Eco-Logical Framework Outreach Project
Expedited Planning and Environmental Review of Highway Projects