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How the Eco-Logical Approach Aligns with Other Environmental Approaches
and the Transportation Project Development Process

There are several approaches to consider when evaluating options to accelerate project delivery. Targeted transportation planning activities can create schedule and cost savings in subsequent phases of the project development process—environmental, design, or construction phases—and result in beneficial outcomes for the natural environment. Eco-Logical, Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL), and PlanWorks are three such approaches.

Transportation Project Development Process

Click the plus sign icon to view the full content of the approaches listed below.

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Landscape scale approach that draws on partnerships with local or regulatory agencies approach to assess resources, prioritize conservation objectives, and establish programmatic agreements. This information can be used to support programmatic mitigation planning, PEL, and the NEPA process.

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Landscape scale approach that draws on partnerships with local or regulatory agencies approach to assess resources, prioritize conservation objectives, and establish programmatic agreements. This information can be used to support programmatic mitigation planning, PEL, and the NEPA process.


Eco-Logical 10 Steps

Project development phases benefiting most from Eco-Logical include:


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Considers environmental, community, and economic goals identified early in the transportation planning process, and uses the information, analysis, and products developed during planning to inform the environmental review process. This could include Eco-Logical products (e.g. partnerships, agreements, and programmatic mitigation plans).

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Considers environmental, community, and economic goals identified early in the transportation planning process, and uses the information, analysis, and products developed during planning to inform the environmental review process. This could include Eco-Logical products (e.g. partnerships, agreements, and programmatic mitigation plans).


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  • Consider more environmental decisions during the planning process.
  • Check out the Implementation Tools available to help you.
  • Learn about agency accomplishments in the Effective Practices’ Case Studies.
  • View webinars that discuss strengthening links between environmental considerations and planning.

Project development phases benefiting most from PEL include:


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Educates users on the scope of the project development process, each decision, and then can align strategies to help you improve your delivery. Suggests strategies for long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, environmental review, and permitting. Both Eco-Logical and PEL are contained in PlanWorks.

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Educates users on the scope of the project development process, each decision, and then can align strategies to help you improve your delivery. Suggests strategies for long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, environmental review, and permitting. Both Eco-Logical and PEL are contained in PlanWorks.


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  • Walk through the delivery process and plan your program decisions using the Decision Guide.
  • Determine how to improve your delivery program by conducting an assessment.
  • Read successful practices and lessons learned in the case studies and the reports in PlanWorks’ library.

Project development phases benefiting most from PlanWorks include: