By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

ARTBA voiced support November 16 for an agreement between Ohio and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that would allow the state to take advantage of a provision of the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation law granting states the right to assume responsibility for portions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review and approval process for transportation projects.

Specifically, ARTBA said allowing Ohio to administer NEPA could “reduce the amount of time involved in the environmental review and approval process by lessening the burden on federal agencies.” The association has long been a supporter of states taking advantage of this opportunity to expedite project delivery, supporting similar efforts by both California and Texas.  Read ARTBA’s comments.