Saturday, December 5, 2009

FTA Categorical Exclusion - State Environmental Review

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has developed specific categories for environmental review in compliance with NEPA. For certain types of projects, FTA may require project proposers to complete sufficient environmental analysis such that FTA can determine that the proposed project meets the criteria for a Categorical Exclusion (CE) under 27 CFR 771.117(d). By meeting these criteria, FTA will meet Categorical Exclusion criteria under NEPA (40 CFR 1508.4), and ultimately neither the proposer nor FTA will be required to conduct an Environmental Assessment as prescribed under 27 CFR 771.119. FTA could then take actions, including providing project funding.

In States which have their own State environmental review requirements, environmental review requirements may apply, even if a project meets the requirements for an FTA Categorical Exclusion.

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