How to participate
The National Online Dialogue is currently open, and will close on May 16, 2014. This site allows you to share and discuss ideas on the use of programmatic approaches to conduct environmental reviews for transportation projects. At this site, you can find background information on programmatic approaches for environmental reviews and view questions to help guide the discussion. You can submit as many ideas as you like. To join the conversation and contribute an idea or comment:
Register and sign-up to participate in the Online Dialogue at http://programmatics.ideascale.com.
Once registered, you can share your ideas by clicking the submit idea button. Registered participants can discuss and rank all the ideas.
The ideas with the highest participant rankings will bubble up to the top.
Section 1305 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) requires that FHWA and FTA initiate a rulemaking allowing for the use of programmatic approaches that are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable laws to conduct environmental reviews. Input from the National Online Dialogue will allow FHWA and FTA to consider all stakeholder perspectives and ideas received when preparing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), as required by MAP-21 Section 1305. Therefore, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invite you to participate in a National Online Dialogue on the use and scope of programmatic approaches to conduct environmental reviews for transportation projects.
How to learn more
FHWA and FTA will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 23rd from 12:30-2:00pm EDT for stakeholders interested in learning more about Section 1305 of MAP-21 and the National Online Dialogue. During the webinar, FHWA and FTA will highlight the specific areas where we are seeking input, provide information on how you can submit feedback, and address questions provided via the webinar. During the webinar, we will share comments we have already received through the Dialogue, and welcome any ideas and comments you wish to share. Pre-registration is required to participate (Register here).
Please forward this information to members, partners and stakeholders you feel may be interested in participating in this national dialogue.
We look forward to you joining the discussion, and seeing and hearing your ideas on the best use of programmatic approaches!
If you have questions on the National Dialogue, please contact Megan Blum at Megan.Blum@dot.gov.