Rules, Roles, and Responsibilities in Transportation Planning and Air Quality: One State's View
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Rules, Roles, and Responsibilities in Transportation Planning and Air Quality: One State's View

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      00780088
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      NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Air Quality ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Laws ;
    • Abstract:
      The Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 and the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 are a pivotal moment in transportation planning in the United States. In 1997 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised both the ozone standard and the small particulate matter standard to be more stringent. In 1998 congress is poised to reauthorize the ISTEA. The paper is written from the point of view of North Carolina which operates and maintains the largest state maintained highway ssytem in the United States. North Carolina has seven counties classified as maintenance for one or more criteria pollutants. The new ozone standard impacts North Carolina more heavily than any state, other than Ohio. This paper examines the changes in transportation planning since 1990 and examines potential effects of recent changes to the ozone and fine particulate matter standard and what effect they might have on transportation planning. After discussing these issues the paper then presents a number of actions and strategies to allow States and MPOs to effectively deal with the new regulations. These strategies are based on experience in North Carolina since 1990.
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