EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION DECISION MAKING PROCESS SUPPORT

Florida Department of Transportation, District 1

Florida’s Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) Process was developed in response to Congress’ environmental streamlining initiative that called for an improved and more efficient transportation planning and environmental review process. 

The ETDM Process provides a planning framework for fulfilling the intent of MAP- 21 provisions and government regulations supporting the integration of the transportation planning process with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review process. It creates linkages between land use, transportation and environmental planning through early and continuing collaboration among planning agencies, environmental resource agencies and the public.

For several years, Renaissance has been working with the Florida DOT to implement the ETDM Process. A core element of this work includes engaging with resource agencies and other stakeholders during the earliest stages of transportation project development to begin discussions about the potential impacts on the natural, cultural and community resources.

We also work regularly with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) to use the ETDM Process to comply with the environmental planning provisions of MAP-21 pertaining to the development of the long range transportation plans. This includes evaluating the potential environmental effects of candidate projects being considered for inclusion in MPO cost feasible long range transportation plans. The ETDM process provides a decision-making framework that can lead to early identification of the most environmentally sensitive transportation solutions that reflect stakeholder buy-in from the public, resource agencies and other interested parties.