USDOT to streamline environmental reviews for multimodal projects

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; September 28, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has proposed regulatory change that would streamline the environmental review process for multimodal projects, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced yesterday at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials‘ (AASHTO) annual meeting in Phoenix.

The proposal, sent to the Federal Register this week, would “harmonize” the Federal Railroad Administration‘s (FRA) environmental review process with the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration, according to a USDOT press release. The proposal is being made so that multimodal projects are required to follow only one process rather than multiple agency processes, USDOT officials said in a press release.

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