FTA and The National Transit Institute (NTI) will offer a training course, Introduction to Transportation Conformity, on December 6-8 at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in Chicago, IL. The course will provide basic information about conformity requirements and the relationship between transportation and air quality planning. The course is designed for new staff as well as senior staff unfamiliar with the conformity process who work at Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, state/county/local planning agencies, state and local air quality agencies, transit agencies, and consultant firms. After attending, participants will be able to understand and discuss:

the relationship between transportation planning and air quality planning in the context of transportation conformity,
the link between the transportation planning and project development processes and the State Implementation Plan (SIP),
the roles and responsibilities in interagency coordination, and
techniques to provide opportunities for public participation in the conformity process.

Register for the course or contact Ginny Stern, 848-932-6592, for more information.