Posts Tagged ‘Federal Highway Administration’

CONO Starts Service to Marks

May 7, 2018

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans began serving Marks, Mississippi, last weekend after the opening of a new station.

Officials conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning ahead of the arrival of Train No. 59.

The Northwest Mississippi Regional Station is located on Cherry Street in Marks, which has a population of 1,500 and has been trying for 20 years to entice Amtrak into stopping there.

The station was funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration with Quitman County and the state also providing funds.

DOT Proposes Regulation

September 29, 2017

Regulatory changes being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation are being touted as designed to streamline the environmental review process for multimodal projects.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said the proposed changes will bring the Federal Railroad Administration’s  environmental review process into harmony with procedures used by the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

A DOT news release said that the proposal, which has been sent to the Federal Register for publication, is being made so that multimodal projects are required to follow only one process rather than multiple agency processes.

Under the proposed rules, most concrete and steel bridges built after 1945 would be exempt from historic sites review.

In her AASHTO speech, Chao said that DOT is seeking to identify ways to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy that will save states time and money, and reduce burdensome compliance costs.

“Important new regulatory and policy changes are underway at the Department to help deliver infrastructure projects faster, and in a more cost effective manner,” she said.

Chao said DOT has issued an updated guidance policy for the application of categorical exclusions for multimodal projects. The new rules allow one USDOT agency to use the categorical exclusions of another USDOT agency for certain multimodal projects.