ROLE OF THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS OF 1977

The Federal Highway Administration first became involved in air quality planning in the summer of 1973 when it assisted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the review of transportation control strategies. Later the two agencies worked together to implement the consistency requirements of section 109j of title 23, U.S. Code. Cooperation in the development of analysis techniques, handbooks and manuals, technical conferences, workshops, and courses created the foundations for better understanding between air quality planners and transportation planners. This new understanding improves the chances of under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 (Public Law 95-95), which reveal that (a) the transportation control planning approach failed because of a lack of institutional mechanisms and inadequate technical evidence to justify the requirement of politically unacceptable measures; (b) the specification of the end product is not enough: The political, institutional, administrative, and technical processes must also be emphasized; (c) each federal agency should participate more actively in cleaning up the air; and (d) more emphasis should be given to the costs and economic consequences of proposed transportation measures. The responsibilities of the Federal Highway Administration under the new amendments include (a) assistance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in developing guidelines for transportation control plans; (b) insurance that transportation control planning is properly incorporated into the comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing urban transportation planning process; (c) insurance that no highway projects are delayed because state implementation plans are not submitted on time; (d) insurance that transportation plans and programs of metropolitan planning organizations conform to state implementation plans; (e) insurance that all highway projects conform to the appropriate state implementation plan; and (f) insurance that priority is given to the implementation of pertinent portions of the state implementation plans in the exercise of its authority.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 70-72
  • Monograph Title: Air quality analysis in transportation planning
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193370
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM