STATE OF THE ART OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION

The purpose of this study is to show how environmental issues are currently dealt with in environmental impact statements for transportation facilities and how the incorporation of environmental concerns into the transportation planning process is accomplished. The treatment of environmental issues in 40 statements is reviewed and summarized in this paper. Serious deficiencies are pointed out regarding the types of alternatives presented and the means by which the primary impacts of these alternatives are predicted. Most statements were too narrow in scope to show the total impact of a given project, especially if it was part of a proposed network. The consideration and evaluation of secondary (indirect) impacts need to be improved. Incorporation of citizens' opinion and environmental considerations early in the planning process would help to avoid irreconcilable differences at later stages. Any procedures that lessen adversary relationships among planners, environmentalists, designers, and citizens are encouraged. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 25-30
  • Monograph Title: Management of transportation and environmental review functions
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025737
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1977 12:00AM