By Nick Goldstein, vice president legal & regulatory issues, ARTBA

ARTBA reiterated its support for agreements with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the states of Texas, California and Arizona that allow state officials to make key environmental decisions on transportation construction projects.  A provision in the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation law grants states the right to assume responsibility for portions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. In comments submitted on March 8 and March 13, ARTBA wrote that “allowing states to assume responsibility for environmental reviews rather than provide information to federal agencies on a case-by-case basis reduces the amount of time involved in the environmental review and approval process by lessening the burden on federal agencies.”

To view the comments, see the Regulatory section under Government Affairs on our website.