Surface Transportation Infrastructure Projects: Case Studies of the Federal Environmental Review and Permitting Process
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
This is a hearing of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Summary of Subject Matter
Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI)
September 9, 2014
We spent the summer working on the surface transportation reauthorization bill and the Highway Trust Fund Act, which provides funding certainty and extends MAP-21 through the end of next May. However, as we continue working on the surface transportation reauthorization bill, it is important that we hear from practitioners and project sponsors in order to gain their wisdom and insight.
Today's hearing focuses on the federal environmental review and permitting process for transportation projects. As project sponsors deliver federal surface transportation projects, they must meet complex requirements at the federal and state levels during every stage of the process.
MAP-21 made significant reforms to the project delivery process, which maintained our strong environmental protections while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. I know that many of our witnesses today plan to discuss these reforms and how they have benefited from them.
Yet the complexity of this issue necessitates our continued examination of the environmental review and permitting process. As the Committee continues its work on drafting the next surface transportation reauthorization bill, we want to consider how the process is working well and what ways it can work better. We have an excellent panel of witnesses before us, today. I am confident that they will be able to help us understand this important issue by discussing how the process has worked for specific projects in their states.
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