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Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation

The biennial FTA Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation seeks to promote efficient development of useful environmental documents. The award recognizes environmental documents that exemplify best practices for a well-managed environmental documentation process, comply with prevailing requirements and expectations, and achieve the objective of paperwork reduction.

2017 Awards

FTA is accepting applications through June 30 for documents signed from June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2017. Send nominations -- including environmental document and brief justification -- to Antoinette Quagliata by June 30, 2017. FTA’s will notify winners by September and present awards to recipients at the 2017 APTA Annual Meeting in October. 

2015 winners included the Maryland Transit Administration (Baltimore, MD) for its work on an environmental impact statement for the proposed Purple Line light rail project and the Regional Transportation District (Denver, CO) for an environmental assessment on the FasTracks Regional Southeast Corridor project.


FTA-funded project sponsors and their consultants are eligible to submit environmental impact statements and environmental assessments that meet the selection criteria.

Selection criteria

The environmental documents submitted for the award are evaluated based on:

  • Content – Are the content requirements of the NEPA implementing regulations and relevant guidance satisfied?
  • Utility – Is the document designed to be truly useful to the public and decision-makers?
  • Practicality – Have procedures to reduce paperwork and delay been effectively employed?  (See 40 CFR §1500.4 and §1500.5 (PDF)

Please refer to Keys to Efficient Development of Useful Environmental Documents as a reference.


FTA, in cooperation with recognized experts in the field, evaluates submissions and determines award winners. 

How to apply

A project sponsor interested in applying should work with the FTA Regional Office in which the project is located. An eligible submission includes an electronic copy of the environmental document and a brief cover letter (no more than three pages) explaining how the document meets the selection criteria. Questions? Contact us at

When are winners announced?

Winners are notified by the end of the summer. Awards are presented at the American Public Transportation Association’s Annual Meeting (September/October timeframe).

What documents exemplify outstanding achievement?

Updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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