These Environmental Analysis and Review resources provide information to guide transit agencies, resource agencies, and the public through the environmental review process for transit projects and improvements that receive FTA funds. Here, you will find information on FTA’s environmental process and other related topics, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental policy. This site also provides information on professional development opportunities, environmental stewardship activities, and a NEPA reference library.
Environmental Review Roles and Responsibilities
Within FTA, the agency's regional offices manage and participate in the environmental reviews of FTA-funded projects and have authority for the final environmental approvals. The Office of Planning and Environment supports the regional offices in the review of projects by providing in-house and contractor expertise on technical issues. The Office of Planning and Environment also provides technical assistance on general environmental protection and specific impact assessment methods including noise, vibration, and air quality to the regional offices, as well as to project sponsors and the interested public.
Environmental Review Process
Consistent with NEPA and the CEQ implementing regulations, FTA has adopted regulations and issued guidance on how FTA conducts and oversees the environmental review process for transit projects.
- FTA Environmental Review Process - What types of transit projects are subject to NEPA? At what point in the project development process should NEPA requirements be satisfied?
- Laws, Regulations, and Guidance related to the environmental review process
- Initiating NEPA
- Preparing Environmental Documents
- Environmental Decision Documents (CEs, FONSIs, RODs)
- FTA Limitations on Claims Notices