Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Guidance

Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT’s) Research and Technology Implementation (RTI) Division funded research project 0-6701 in FY 2012 to investigate potential methods of linking transportation planning in Texas with the environmental clearance process required of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The study approach and findings were documented in a research report (0-6701-1) and a guidance document entitled Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Resource for Linking Planning with Project Planning in Support of NEPA (0-6701-P1). The research team will: (1) Conduct structured interviews with TxDOT’s planning and environmental subject matter experts, five of the state’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and up to five State Departments of Transportation that pioneered Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) in FY 2012 to determine the need for updated/new PEL Guidance given that 0-6701-P1 was developed a decade ago as well as TxDOT’s participation in the NEPA Assignment program under 23 U.S.C. 327 and the Memorandum of Understanding with FHWA originally dated December 16, 2014 and renewed on December 9, 2019 (Phase 1) and, (2) Update 0-6701-P1 if the interviews reveal the need for updated/additional guidance (Phase 2). Phase 2 will only be conducted if the Phase I interviews reveal the need for updated/additional guidance. The scope of services and budget for Phase 2 will be finalized in consultation with TxDOT based on the outcome of Phase 1.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $9976
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Pridgen, Shelley

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Prozzi, Jolanda

  • Start Date: 20210901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01782645
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6701-01
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2021 5:12PM