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1 Practice: Multimodal Project Management System Interactive Query (MPMS IQ)
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Linking Planning and NEPA
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: John  Parker
Title: Transportation Planning Manager
Email: chparker@pa.gov
Phone: 717-783-1230
Description: The MPMS IQ application is a web-based GIS mapping application for highway and bridge projects on the Commonwealth's Twelve Year Transportation Program and Regional Transportation Improvement Plans (TIPs). This application allows users to map and obtain information for highway and bridge projects, and to search these projects by criteria such as 1) Identification Number (ID) including Project ID, Bridge ID, Highway Occupancy Permit Number, and Highway Occupancy Permit Application Number; 2) Location – including by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District, County, Municipality, Statewide, District, MPO/RPO, Route and Segment; 3) Planning Partner – Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)/Rural Planning Organization (RPO); 4) Legislative District - PA House, PA Senate, US Congress; and/or 5) PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regions - Northwest, Southwest, Northcentral, Southcentral, Northeast, and Southeast.

MPMS IQ also integrates the Linking Planning and NEPA (LPN) data to help prescreen and plan projects for any region in the state. The LPN layers can be turned on one layer at a time or all at once to give planners a holistic view of the project. It now acts a visualization and one stop shop for LPN and project information.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/MPMS_IQ/Mapping
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
2 Practice: Bridge and Roadway Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Performance Measures/Management
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Drew Ames
Title: Environmental Planning Supervisor
Email: johname@pa.gov
Phone: 717-705-1481
Description: This Bridge and Roadway Programmatic Agreement (BRPA) is a programmatic agreement (PA) intended to address NEPA approval for a majority of the bridge, roadway and non-complex projects that PennDOT undertakes. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations contain a list of specific actions and types of actions that normally do not result in significant environmental impacts and are classified as Categorical Exclusion (CE) activities. While some of those activities do not require the submission of any further documentation to FHWA for NEPA approval (23 CFR 771.117(c)), this PA addresses the actions that meet the criteria for a CE but do require the submission of documentation to FHWA. The required documentation must demonstrate that the project meets the specific conditions and criteria to be classified as a CE, and that significant environmental impacts will not result (23 CFR 771.117(d)). This PA, negotiated in partnership with FHWA, serves as the required documentation for certain project actions determined to be CE actions and not have significant environmental impacts. The BRPA is a formal NEPA approval document that pre-approves projects meeting the outlined stipulations and criteria in the PA.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Pennsylvania Data Sharing Forum
Category: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contact: Spencer Stevens
Title: Office of Planning Oversight & Stewardship
Email: Spencer.Stevens@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-0149
Description: U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution worked with FHWA to convene a Data Sharing Forum that brought PennDOT and the state and federal resource agencies together to discuss how to better share natural resource information used in the planning and project development process. The Data Sharing Forum focused on clarifying the data sharing needs and issues and identifying solutions that would benefit all the agencies. To view a summary of the Data Sharing Forum please see: http://ecr.gov/pdf/PADataSumm.pdf.
Related Documentation: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/practices.asp
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
4 Practice: Pennsylvania Cultural Resources Outreach
Categories: Historic
Mitigation
Public Involvement
Training & Certification
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Joe  Baker
Title:
Email: josebaker@state.pa.us
Phone: 717-705-1482
Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Cultural Resources Section supports a broad outreach effort for its work that includes a web presence a publication series for both technical and popular audiences, and an annual conference, “Byways to the Past.” Byways to the Past provides participants the opportunity to discuss strategies to maintain and improve transportation delivery while preserving Pennsylvania's archeological and historic heritage. Proceedings are available on the website.

For access to the PennDOT cultural resources website go to: http://www.penndotcrm.org/
To visit the Byways to the Past Conference Website go to: http://www.pennbyways.net
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Section 106 Delegation and Streamlining Tools for Coordination
Categories: Historic
Mitigation
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Ira Beckerman
Title:
Email: ibeckerman@pa.gov
Phone: 717-772-0830
Description: PennDOT has regionalized its cultural resources program by placing qualified professionals in seven service regions. Each region supports at least one archaeologist and one architectural historian who are responsible for managing the Section 106 process in those Districts. All professionals meet Federal Qualifications and are delegated responsibilities for Section 106 compliance by FHWA.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
6 Practice: Planning and Programming Checklist
Categories: Linking Planning and NEPA
Project Development
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Larry  Shifflet
Title: Division Manager - Planning and Contract Management Division
Email: lashifflet@state.pa.us
Phone: 717-787-7335
Description: Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) developed the Planning and Programming Checklist, which provides a summary of the various resources and topics to be considered during project planning. The checklist serves as a tool to identify potential socioeconomic, cultural, and natural resources, which could affect the type of project, project planning, and/or the level of environmental documentation related to that project, and helps staff to identify other efforts/projects in the region to promote coordination of such efforts to improve overall planning. The information collected and documented on the checklist will serve as the basis for the Scoping Document prepared as part of the NEPA process.
Related Documentation: ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/Cpdm/PlanningProgammingChecklist/PPcheckist.pdf
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
7 Practice: Pennsylvania Categorical Exclusion Expert System
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Performance Measures/Management
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Drew Ames
Title: Environmental Planning Supervisor
Email: johname@pa.gov
Phone: 717-705-1481
Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has a Categorical Exclusion (CE) Expert System. The paperless system is an electronic forum to complete and approve CEs. PennDOT established a website to serve as the core of the system. The CE Expert System provides: standards for completing NEPA documents, validation and guidance for business rules, check-in/out capabilities for workgroups, a checklist for progress and status tracking, an interactive review and approval process, and on-line reference and help information.

To view the website go to:http://www.dot2.state.pa.us/ceea/ceeamain.nsf/?open.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
8 Practice: Dissemination and Retrieval of Information from Consulting Parties and Tribes
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Ira Beckerman
Title:
Email: ibeckerman@pa.gov
Phone: 717-772-0830
Description: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pennsylvania Division and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) have two instruments in place to aide in the dissemination and retrieval of information from consulting parties and tribes. The first is a set of consulting party letters and a reply form. The forms accurately describe consulting party responsibilities and help to identify parties with a demonstrated interest. Tribal consultation is carried out through a pair of notification forms – one for initial project notification, and, a second for ongoing notification through the Section 106 process. The Department and FHWA have issued a Tribal Consultation Handbook and there are plans to move both the consulting party and Tribal consultation resources to an Internet platform in calendar year 2010.

Download the consulting party letters and reply form at ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/bureaus/BEQ/CPSOL.pdf.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
9 Practice: Pennsylvania Cultural Resources GIS
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Public Involvement
State: Pennsylvania
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Contact: Ira Beckerman
Title:
Email: ibeckerman@pa.gov
Phone: 717-772-0830
Description: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT's) Planning & Research Bureau and Design Bureau launched a Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) in January 2005. CRGIS provides citizens, researchers, and teachers with instant electronic and visual information about Pennsylvania's archeological and historic resources. In addition to providing up-to-date information regarding over 150,000 recorded historic structures and 20,000 archeological sites, the website includes a "Ask REGIS" feature that assists new users with CRGIS data searches. CRGIS won a 2005 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Pennsylvania Chapter Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence.

To visit the CRGIS website go to: https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/ce/SelectWelcome.asp
Last Updated: April 23, 2007
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