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Planning and environment linkages program

Planning and Environment Linkages Program

OARC January 22, 2010

Noel Mehlo – FHWA Ohio Division


Planning and environment linkages program

  • FHWA has published A Guide to Measuring Progress in Linking Transportation Planning and Environmental Analysis to assist transportation agencies in developing their own programs to measure the successes of PEL-related activities.

    http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/meas_progress.asp


Planning and environment linkages program

The Planning & Environment Linkage Program guide provides a framework for establishing measures that transportation agencies can utilize to develop their own measurement programs



Planning and environment linkages program

23 CFR 450 and 318 encourages the integration of the information, products and decisions developed during transportation planning into the NEPA process including:


Planning and environment linkages program


How are transportation planning studies integrated into environmental and nepa analysis
How are transportation planning studies integrated into environmental and NEPA analysis?

  • FHWA and FTA must be able to stand behind the overall soundness and credibility of analysis conducted and decisions made during the transportation planning process, which uses the "3-C planning principles, if these decisions are incorporated into a NEPA document, directly or by reference.


Why link transportation planning to environmental processes
Why link transportation planning to environmental processes? environmental and NEPA analysis?

  • State and local agencies can achieve significant benefits by incorporating environmental and community values into transportation decisions early in planning and carrying these considerations through project development and delivery. Benefits include:

    • Relationship Building

    • Process Efficiencies

    • On-the-ground Outcomes


Performance measures
Performance Measures environmental and NEPA analysis?

  • Performance Measures aim to answer questions about whether the performance of the transportation system (or economy, air quality, etc.) is getting better or worse over time; and whether transportation investments are correlated or linked to stated goals and outcomes.


Performance measures cont
Performance Measures environmental and NEPA analysis?cont.

  • Examples of performance measures or metrics could be based on or include:

    Accessibility

    Mobility

    Economic Development

    Quality of Life

    Safety


Framework for measuring progress
Framework For Measuring Progress environmental and NEPA analysis?

Step 1: Define program goals and objectives

Step 2: Develop a set of metrics to demonstrate results toward reaching the defined goals and objectives

Step 3: Assess baseline and develop targets

Step 4: Measure and report results


Why is this important
Why is this important ? environmental and NEPA analysis?

  • The use of performance-based measures by transportation agencies is a growing trend that is expected to continue.

  • While most of the traditional measures used by transportation agencies focus on system conditions or operations there has been little application to tracking the successes of integrated planning and environmental stewardship efforts


Why is this important cont
Why is this important environmental and NEPA analysis?(cont.) ?

  • Establishing metrics related to integrated planning and environmental stewardship will allow transportation agencies to demonstrate that they are committed to monitoring their progress in integrating environmental considerations throughout the transportation decision-making process.


Planning and environment linkages program

Conclusion environmental and NEPA analysis?This guide is intended to serve as a resource for transportation agencies interested in measuring theirsuccesses in integrating transportation planning and environmental analysis.

  • Focus on the measures most relevant to your situation and needs.

  • Use different types of measures.

  • Use versatile data sources.

  • Use versatile measures.

  • Plan on making Planning and Environmental Linkages a routine part of how you do business.


Questions
Questions?? environmental and NEPA analysis?

  • Contact information FHWA Ohio Division:

    Marcus Wilner, Director of Program Development

    marcus.wilner@fhwa.dot.gov, (614) 280-6824

    • Dave Snyder, Environmental Program Manager

      dave.snyder@fhwa.dot.gov, (614) 280-6852

    • Frank Burkett, Senior Transportation Planner

      frank.burkett@fhwa.dot.gov, (614) 280-6838

    • Leigh Oesterling, Air Quality Specialist

      leigh.oesterling@fhwa.dot.gov, (614) 280-6837

    • Noel Mehlo, Transportation Planner

      noel.mehlo@fhwa.dot.gov, (614) 280-6841


For more information
For more information: environmental and NEPA analysis?

The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues A Briefing Book for Transportation Decision-makers, Officials, and Staffhttp://www.planning.dot.gov/documents/briefingbook/bbook.htm#9BB

FHWA Planning and Environment Linkages:www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/index.asp#benefits

FHWA:http://nepa.fhwa.dot.gov/ReNepa/ReNepa.nsf/home

www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng

FTA: www.fta.dot.gov/planning/planning_environment_5222.html