Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 52. Selected Indirect Benefits of State Investment in Public Transportation

In order to expedite project delivery, reduce grantee costs, and better align the highway and transit project approval processes, states are looking for opportunities to accelerate the transit project approval process.  The preliminary focus of states to date has been to work towards separating the process between routine and recurring state of good repair activities (replacement of buses and rollingstock, preventive maintenance, facility components and other transit related equipment) from activities requiring extensive federal review (facility construction, other activities requiring Naitional Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)). There is considerable interest on the part of the public transportation section of the state DOT in exploring alternative forms of grant approval processes that would accelerate the process for seeking approval of transit projects and their potential benefits. The objective of this research is to produce a document that: (1) describes the technical limitations, administrative barriers and/or legal restrictions of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA’s) current project approval process; and (2) describes the benefits and limitations to alternative grant approval processes improvements/changes. STATUS:  Completed. Published as NCHRP Research Results Digest 393.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task 52

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics

    555 12th Street
    Suite 1600
    Oakland, CA  United States  94607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dowell, Paula

  • Start Date: 20130422
  • Expected Completion Date: 20140421
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140421
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37730

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543758
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task 52
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:04AM