NEPA Reporting Synthesis of State Practices

Under the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program created by SAFETEA-LU (23 United States Code 32701)) and continued under MAP-2L federal transportation law has authorized delegating the NEPA review and approval processes to state Departments of Transportation (DOTS). This research shall assist the Receiving Agency with its goals of shortening project review periods, developing a robust review process. and cutting costs where possible. Collectively, these accomplishments help the Receiving Agency to achieve one of its strategic plan goals: "Become a best-in-class state agency." The objectives of this research study are to (a) review the effectiveness of practices for NEPA Assignment in other states and providing recommendations on best practices, (b) assess challenges in conducting effective NEPA reports and approvals, including benefits and costs that have been quantified, (c) review the legal and case law landscape to identify any potential litigation trends, and any legal impediments that may impact NEPA Assignment, and (d) recommend process revisions and procedures for developing a robust NEPA Assignment program within the Receiving Agency.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

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

    Adams, Joe

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Texas, Denton

    1501 Chestnut, Hurley Administration
    Denton, TX  United States  76203

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research
    Austin, TX  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Loftus-Otway, Lisa

  • Start Date: 20150123
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39165

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569103
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6866
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2015 2:46AM