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Transportation Planning 101:
The Role of Resource and Regulatory
 Agencies in Transportation Planning

                 We...
Presenters

 Mary E. Gray                     Theresa Hutchins
 Federal Highway Administration   Federal Highway Administr...
Purpose of Webinar

 Describe how statewide and
 metropolitan transportation
 planning works:
 • The role that resource an...
Intended Audience

 •   U.S. Fish & Wildlife
 •   NOAA Fisheries
 •   BLM/ Forest Service
 •   U.S. Environmental
     Pro...
Interactive Poll

  How would you
  rate your
  familiarity with the
  transportation
  planning process?




            ...
What is Transportation Planning?

 Transportation planning:
    • Establishing a vision
    • Demonstrating influence
    ...
Transportation Planning Activities

• Monitoring
• Forecasting
• Identification
• Estimating
• Developing Plans



       ...
Why Do We Plan?




                  8
Laws and Regulations

• 23 USC 134/135 :
  Requires statewide and
  metropolitan
  transportation planning
• 23 CFR 450 :
...
SAFETEA-LU

• Emphasizes environmental, tribal, and land
  management agency consultation
• Establishes funding levels for...
Planning Regulations Pertaining to Agency
Involvement and Collaboration

• Consultation with agencies during development
 ...
The Transportation Process

                                Visioning &
                                   Goals          ...
Key Participation Points in the Planning Process:
Vision & Goals

                              Visioning &
              ...
Objectives and Performance Measures

                              Visioning &
                                 Goals     ...
Problem Identification and Alternatives

                              Visioning &
                                 Goals ...
Selection, Analysis, Evaluation, and Decision-making

                              Visioning &
                          ...
Arkansas' Ecoregion-Based Approach to Wetlands
Mitigation

   • Ecological
     connectivity
   • Prevention of
     furth...
Plan Approval and Programming

                              Visioning &
                                 Goals           ...
Pennsylvania's Ecological Mitigation and
Enhancement Projects

The Bigger Picture:
a way to minimize
road construction
imp...
Project Development, Operation, and Monitoring

                              Visioning &
                                ...
Role of Federal Agencies in Transportation
Planning


 • FHWA and FTA
    • Approve the STIP
    • Assist the State DOT wi...
Role of State DOTs in Transportation Planning

• Prepare and maintain
  Long-Range Statewide
  Transportation Plan
• Devel...
Key Products of Statewide Transportation
Planning Process

 Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP)
   •   Policy...
Role of the Metropolitan Planning
Organization in Transportation Planning

• An MPO is a decision-
  making body made up o...
Typical functions of an MPO

• Establish a setting for
  regional decision-making
• Identify and evaluate
  transportation...
Key Products of the Metropolitan
Transportation Planning Process

 • Metropolitan Transportation
   Plan (MTP)
 • Transpor...
Relationship between State DOT and MPO in
Transportation Planning

• Continuing, cooperative, and
  comprehensive process
...
Integrated Planning
                                                  Land Use
                                           ...
Planning and Environment Linkages




                                    29
Interactive Poll

  Have you been
  involved in
  helping your DOT
  or MPO create a
  transportation
  plan?


          ...
Role of the Resource and Regulatory
Agencies in Transportation Planning

• Provide data and expertise on the
  natural and...
When should information be provided?

• Early in the planning
  process
• At key decision points
• Whenever your
  experti...
Benefits to Resource Agencies from this
Involvement

• Early involvement can be
  efficient and increase flexibility
• Ear...
Important information to Provide

• Resource maps
• Species recovery plans
• State Wildlife action plans
• Environmental J...
Tools & Methods for Integrating Planning and
the Environment

 • Education and training
 • Formalize interagency
   coordi...
Data and Information Sharing Example

          North Carolina’s
     Conservation Planning Tool




                     ...
Joint Scenario Planning Example

         Sacramento Blueprint




                                  37
Long-Range Transportation Plan
Participation Example

          What Moves You Arizona
Participation Plan:
• Transparency
...
What Types of Agreements are Helpful?


• MOA
• MOU
• Advance Mitigation Site
  Concurrence
• Agency Collaborations



   ...
Documentation

There are three potential levels of
process/decision documentation:
   • Identification of issues or
     c...
Role of Other Stakeholders

• General public
• Elected officials
• Advocacy groups
• Tribal governments
• Private sector

...
Role of Tribes

• Consultation applies to
  MPOs and State DOTs
• Maintain Sovereignty
• Tribal lands and
  Traditional Tr...
Local preservation commissions, historical
societies, other NGOs

• Inform planners of historic
  places and preservation
...
Other Involvement Opportunities

• Planning & Environment
  Linkages training
• Ecological Grants
• STARS Workshops
• SHRP...
Question and Answer Session




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Federal Resource Agency Liaisons
         Agency                   Contact           Phone                       Email

U....
Thank you

 Mary E. Gray                     Spencer Stevens
 Federal Highway Administration   Federal Highway Administrat...
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  1. 1. Transportation Planning 101: The Role of Resource and Regulatory Agencies in Transportation Planning Webinar August 23, 2010
  2. 2. Presenters Mary E. Gray Theresa Hutchins Federal Highway Administration Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development Office of Planning and Environmental Review 2
  3. 3. Purpose of Webinar Describe how statewide and metropolitan transportation planning works: • The role that resource and regulatory agencies play within planning • Identify opportunities for successful engagement 3
  4. 4. Intended Audience • U.S. Fish & Wildlife • NOAA Fisheries • BLM/ Forest Service • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Tribes • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • State Historic Preservation Offices • State DOT(s)/ FHWA 4
  5. 5. Interactive Poll How would you rate your familiarity with the transportation planning process? 5
  6. 6. What is Transportation Planning? Transportation planning: • Establishing a vision • Demonstrating influence or impact of demographics • Assessing future opportunities and challenges • Identifying short and long- term options 6
  7. 7. Transportation Planning Activities • Monitoring • Forecasting • Identification • Estimating • Developing Plans 7
  8. 8. Why Do We Plan? 8
  9. 9. Laws and Regulations • 23 USC 134/135 : Requires statewide and metropolitan transportation planning • 23 CFR 450 : Describes the general transportation planning process 9
  10. 10. SAFETEA-LU • Emphasizes environmental, tribal, and land management agency consultation • Establishes funding levels for each year • Includes natural and human environmental considerations • Emphasizes security • Requires states to consult with local officials 10
  11. 11. Planning Regulations Pertaining to Agency Involvement and Collaboration • Consultation with agencies during development of long-range transportation plans • Consideration of conservation plans, maps, and inventories of natural or historic resources • Discussion of potential environmental mitigation activities 11
  12. 12. The Transportation Process Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Regional Measures Agencies Tribal Project States Government Development Need & Operation MPO The User/ Special Interest Identification Public Groups Program Federal Private Development Government Sector Alternatives Legal System Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 12
  13. 13. Key Participation Points in the Planning Process: Vision & Goals Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 13
  14. 14. Objectives and Performance Measures Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 14
  15. 15. Problem Identification and Alternatives Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 15
  16. 16. Selection, Analysis, Evaluation, and Decision-making Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 16
  17. 17. Arkansas' Ecoregion-Based Approach to Wetlands Mitigation • Ecological connectivity • Prevention of further environmental fragmentation 17
  18. 18. Plan Approval and Programming Visioning & Goals Objectives Monitoring & Performance Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 18
  19. 19. Pennsylvania's Ecological Mitigation and Enhancement Projects The Bigger Picture: a way to minimize road construction impacts on ecosystems 19
  20. 20. Project Development, Operation, and Monitoring Visioning & Goals Objectives Measure & & Performance Monitoring Measures Project Development Need & Operation Identification Program Development Alternatives Plan Approval Analysis & Evaluation 20
  21. 21. Role of Federal Agencies in Transportation Planning • FHWA and FTA • Approve the STIP • Assist the State DOT with planning oversight • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Bureau of Indian Affairs 21
  22. 22. Role of State DOTs in Transportation Planning • Prepare and maintain Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan • Develop Statewide Transportation Improvement Program • Involve the public • Other duties 22
  23. 23. Key Products of Statewide Transportation Planning Process Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP) • Policy statements • Covers at least 20 years • Developed in consultation with Tribes and local governments • Public involvement • Updated periodically Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) • 4-year list of priorities • Fiscally constrained by year • Updated at least every four years • Approved by FHWA and FTA 23
  24. 24. Role of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Transportation Planning • An MPO is a decision- making body made up of representatives from local government and transportation agencies with authority and responsibility in metropolitan planning areas. 24
  25. 25. Typical functions of an MPO • Establish a setting for regional decision-making • Identify and evaluate transportation improvement options • Prepare and maintain a Metropolitan Transportation Plan • Develop a Transportation Improvement Program • Involve the public 25
  26. 26. Key Products of the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process • Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) 26
  27. 27. Relationship between State DOT and MPO in Transportation Planning • Continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive process • Plans and programs must be consistent • Providing a forum to discuss issues and plan transportation improvements • State DOTs have primary oversight for MPO planning processes 27
  28. 28. Integrated Planning Land Use System Transportation System Water Resources System Other Natural, Cultural Resource Systems Integrated Approach Opportunities to support multiple community goals and improve quality of life 28
  29. 29. Planning and Environment Linkages 29
  30. 30. Interactive Poll Have you been involved in helping your DOT or MPO create a transportation plan? 30
  31. 31. Role of the Resource and Regulatory Agencies in Transportation Planning • Provide data and expertise on the natural and human environment • Collaboration and information exchange, leading to: - Better stewardship of the environment - Improved project delivery • Required by law and regulation 31
  32. 32. When should information be provided? • Early in the planning process • At key decision points • Whenever your expertise is needed • Through out project development process 32
  33. 33. Benefits to Resource Agencies from this Involvement • Early involvement can be efficient and increase flexibility • Early consultation can help avoid and minimize environmental impacts and improve advance mitigation • Balance needs among agencies 33
  34. 34. Important information to Provide • Resource maps • Species recovery plans • State Wildlife action plans • Environmental Justice population data • Identification of Tribal Resources • Historic Properties Inventories • Expertise to interpret and use data 34
  35. 35. Tools & Methods for Integrating Planning and the Environment • Education and training • Formalize interagency coordination • Fund resource agency positions • Data and information sharing • Analysis and decision support tools • Joint scenario planning 35
  36. 36. Data and Information Sharing Example North Carolina’s Conservation Planning Tool 36
  37. 37. Joint Scenario Planning Example Sacramento Blueprint 37
  38. 38. Long-Range Transportation Plan Participation Example What Moves You Arizona Participation Plan: • Transparency • Involvement Opportunities • Meaningful Engagement • Effective Communication • Education • Continuous Evaluation 38
  39. 39. What Types of Agreements are Helpful? • MOA • MOU • Advance Mitigation Site Concurrence • Agency Collaborations 39
  40. 40. Documentation There are three potential levels of process/decision documentation: • Identification of issues or concerns that will need to be studied during NEPA • Passing data or analyses from planning to NEPA • Documenting decisions made in planning for NEPA 40
  41. 41. Role of Other Stakeholders • General public • Elected officials • Advocacy groups • Tribal governments • Private sector 41
  42. 42. Role of Tribes • Consultation applies to MPOs and State DOTs • Maintain Sovereignty • Tribal lands and Traditional Tribal Lands 42
  43. 43. Local preservation commissions, historical societies, other NGOs • Inform planners of historic places and preservation priorities • Avoid and minimize transportation impacts to historic districts • Promote heritage tourism and preservation efforts 43
  44. 44. Other Involvement Opportunities • Planning & Environment Linkages training • Ecological Grants • STARS Workshops • SHRP 2 pilots 44
  45. 45. Question and Answer Session 45
  46. 46. Federal Resource Agency Liaisons Agency Contact Phone Email U.S. Environmental James G. Gavin (202) 564-7161 Gavin.JamesG@epa.gov Protection Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Catherine Liller (303) 236-4318 Catherine_Liller@fws.gov Service U.S. Army Corps of Michael Lamprecht (202) 761-4599 Michael.J.Lamprecht@usace.army.mil Engineers Advisory Council on Carol Legard (202) 606-8522 clegard@achp.gov Historic Preservation Advisory Council on Valerie Hauser (202) 606-8530 vhauser@achp.gov Historic Preservation USDA Forest Service Paul T. Anderson (703) 605-4617 ptanderson@fs.fed.us
  47. 47. Thank you Mary E. Gray Spencer Stevens Federal Highway Administration Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development Office of Planning and Environmental Review (360) 753-9487 (202) 366-0149 mary.gray@dot.gov spencer.stevens@dot.gov 47
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