By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Aug. 22 proposed two major reforms to the project delivery process that could save time and money in developing infrastructure. ARTBA supports both measures.

The first would establish page limits for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents: 150 pages for environmental impact statements; 75 pages for environmental assessments. ARTBA believes page limits will force the authors of NEPA documents to write more clearly and concisely, reducing the time to complete final documents and shortening front-end project delays.

U.S. DOT also issued a notice applying the Trump administration’s One Federal Decision policy to transportation construction projects. One Federal Decision places one agency in charge of all permitting decisions and has a goal of completing environmental reviews for infrastructure within two years.

Both proposals are open for comment for 30 days. ARTBA will send supportive comments during this period.