AASHTO's ETAP Podcast: Georgia DOT's Innovative PEL Study

Episode Summary

In this episode, host Bernie Wagenblast interviews Jannine Miller and Charles Robinson of the Georgia Department of Transportation about the I-85 Corridor Study (http://www.dot.ga.gov/BS/Studies/85study), an innovative effort that is using a new approach – Planning and Environmental Linkage, or PEL.

Episode Notes

Planning and Environmental Linkages or PEL represents a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that 1) considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and 2) uses the information, analysis, and products developed during planning to inform the environmental review process.

The benefits include: Improved relationships with stakeholders; improved project delivery timelines; and better transportation programs and projects.

More information about PEL can be found at the Center for Environmental Excellence website, environment.transportation.org.