The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Project Delivery Center of Excellence’s Project Delivery Toolbox is a collection of resources and best practices across U.S. DOT to successfully implement a construction project- on time, on task and on budget. The Toolbox provides resources and publications on key priority areas- Communications, Navigation, Surveillance Systems, and Engineering; Infrastructure Systems and Technology; Policy, Planning and Environment; and Safety Management and Human Factors.
USDOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence is hosting an event on September 27, here is the link to register: https://www.volpe.dot.gov/project-delivery-center-excellence/delivering-benefits-bipartisan-infrastructure-law. The topic of this event is “Using NEPA Review to Define and Shape Better Projects”. Although this series of events is focused on project delivery, there might also be insights that also shape project planning earlier in the process.
The Project Delivery Center of Excellence is housed at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. With ongoing Volpe support, FHWA’s PEL (Planning and Environment Linkages) program has increased development and dissemination of resources to support stakeholders in understanding and implementing a more efficient and informed approach to transportation decision making.
Integrating transportation planning and the environmental process enables state and metropolitan transportation agencies to form programs and projects that serve the community’s transportation and environmental needs effectively, while at the same time minimizing duplication of effort and streamlining project delivery.
PEL is a collaborative and integrated approach that considers environmental, community, and economic goals in the initial stages of transportation planning and uses the information, analysis, and products developed in the planning stages to inform the environmental review process. PEL is a valuable tool for creating efficiency in transportation project development and supporting agencies to accelerate project delivery. PEL stakeholders include transportation planners, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) practitioners, resource agency staff, and the public.
The U.S. DOT established the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) in 1970 to serve as a federal resource positioned to provide world-renowned, multidisciplinary, multimodal transportation expertise on behalf of U.S. DOT’s operating administrations, the Office of the Secretary, and other federal agencies, state and local governments, academia, and industry.
U.S. DOT Volpe Center staff collaborate on more than 300 projects each year with key administration and U.S. Department of Transportation leaders working towards a better, safer, and more efficient transportation system.
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