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Shortening Project Delivery Toolkit


The Every Day Counts PEL initiative offers several tools to help transportation practitioners minimize duplication of effort and make more informed decisions, which can lead to shorter project delivery.

Guidance on Using Corridor and Subarea Planning to Inform NEPA
This guidance explains how to use corridor and subarea planning to bridge the transportation planning and NEPA processes as described in 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 450 – Linking the Transportation Planning and NEPA Processes. The guidance is also available in PDF.

FHWA Planning and Environment Linkages Questionnaire
This questionnaire guides planners through a transportation planning study to document information and decisions so they may be used to inform project development specialists in the NEPA process. For more information on how to use the questionnaire, see Questions and Answers about Using the PEL Questionnaire.

States Using the PEL Questionnaire

  • Colorado
  • Mississippi

Criteria for Determining PEL Questionnaire Equivalents
FHWA acknowledges that several States have already developed processes and tools comparable to the PEL Questionnaire. The criteria were developed to identify and recognize equivalent approaches. An equivalent approach is a process that fulfills a similar purpose as the PEL Questionnaire to explain the requirements transportation planning products must have to be incorporated into the NEPA process.

States Using Equivalent Approaches

State Title Equivalence Criteria Met
Required (1 and 2) Recommended (3)
1 2a 2b 2c 2d 2e 3a 3b 3c 3d
Arkansas Arkansas Preliminary Environmental Review (PER) X X X X X X X X    
Florida Efficient Transportation Decision Making Process X X X X X X X X X  
Louisiana Louisiana DOTD Program Development and Project Delivery System Manual X X X X X X X X X X
Massachusetts Project Development & Design Guide X X X X X X X     X
Montana Business Process to Link Planning Studies and NEPA Reviews X X X X X X X X   X
New Jersey NJDOT Project Delivery Process X X X X X X X     X
New Mexico Design Directive – Project Development Process – Planning and Environmental Linkage X X X X X X        
North Carolina North Carolina PEL Process X X X X X X X X X  
Pennsylvania Design Manual 1 [DM1] – Project Delivery Process (Process) and the Regional Long Range Transportation Guidance (Guidance) X X X X X X X X X X
South Carolina Advanced Project Planning Report (APPR) Process X X X X X X X     X
Tennessee Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement X X X X X X X X   X
Utah Utah PEL Analysis Tool (uPEL) X X X X X X X      

For questions or feedback on this subject matter content, please contact Jody McCullough or Marisel Lopez-Cruz.

Updated: 1/13/2012

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